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Journal of Marital and Family Therapy

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504323/the-systemic-interaction-of-attachment-on-psychophysiological-arousal-in-couple-conflict
#1
Nathan C Taylor, Ryan B Seedall, W David Robinson, Kay Bradford
Attachment in adult romantic relationships has long been linked to conflict styles. Psychophysiological measures have provided additional insight into this association by accessing less conscious and controlled responses to conflict. The aim of this study was to explore the relationship between attachment anxiety, attachment avoidance, and the interaction between attachment styles on skin conductance responses during conflict and recovery from conflict. Using dyadic analysis of 50 heterosexual couples, we found evidence of a systemic effect of attachment, where psychophysiological arousal increased when one partner had higher levels of attachment anxiety and the other partner had higher levels of attachment avoidance...
May 15, 2017: Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426921/the-marriage-and-family-therapy-practice-research-network-mft-prn-creating-a-more-perfect-union-between-practice-and-research
#2
Lee N Johnson, Richard B Miller, Angela B Bradford, Shayne R Anderson
This article describes the Marriage and Family Therapy Practice Research Network (MFT-PRN). The MFT-PRN is designed to build a professional community based on practice-informed research and research-informed practice, increase the diversity of participants in MFT research, and unify researchers and clinicians. Clinics choose measures from a list that best represent their clinic needs. Clients' outcomes are assessed regularly, and therapists receive immediate graphical feedback on how clients are progressing or digressing...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419498/perceptions-and-experiences-of-marriage-preparation-among-u-s-muslims-multiple-voices-from-the-community
#3
Amal Killawi, Elham Fathi, Iman Dadras, Manijeh Daneshpour, Arij Elmi, Hamada Altalib
Although Muslims in the United States are a growing population, there is limited research on their relational patterns and how they prepare for marriage. We conducted in-depth interviews with 32 members of the Muslim community in Southeast Michigan including married individuals, divorced individuals, therapists, and imams (Muslim religious leaders) to explore their perceptions and experiences of marriage preparation. Our analysis revealed that marriage preparation varies but is less likely to involve a requirement of premarital counseling, with imams being the primary providers, not therapists...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419496/emotionally-focused-couple-therapy-for-parents-raising-a-child-with-an-autism-spectrum-disorder-a-pilot-study
#4
Nicholas A Lee, James L Furrow, Brent A Bradley
Many couples raising children diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are often resilient in confronting unique parental demands, while others experience greater risk for relational distress. Research has shown that Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT) is efficacious with couples raising chronically ill children and relevant to the relational demands of parents of children diagnosed with an ASD. This pilot study tested the effectiveness of EFT with seven couples presenting with moderate to severe distress, who were also parents of a child diagnosed with an ASD...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401634/moving-between-dialogic-reflexive-processes-in-systemic-family-therapy-training-an-interpretative-phenomenological-study-of-trainees-experience
#5
Dimitra Givropoulou, Eleftheria Tseliou
In this article, we present a qualitative research study concerning the ways that systemic family therapy trainees experience reflexivity while in training. There is inadequate theorizing and limited research concerning reflexivity in family therapy, particularly from trainees' perspective. In our study, we used Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis to analyse transcripts of semistructured interviews with 10 systemic family therapy trainees. Here, we present one of the four superordinate analytic themes, entitled "Moving between reflexive processes"...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401584/psychodynamic-couple-therapy-a-practical-synthesis
#6
Arthur C Nielsen
This essay reviews the most significant contributions of psychodynamic thought to the field of couple therapy. It distills the work of numerous clinicians and researchers who, though writing from diverse perspectives, share fundamental assumptions and concerns. Rather than emphasizing differences between schools of thought, this paper mines their best contributions in a discussion of five central therapeutic targets: underlying issues, divergent subjective experiences, transferences, projective identification, and acceptance...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401577/a-brief-report-on-the-ethical-and-legal-guides-for-technology-use-in-marriage-and-family-therapy
#7
Michael Pennington, Rikki Patton, Amber Ray, Heather Katafiasz
Marriage and family therapists (MFTs) use ethical codes and state licensure laws/rules as guidelines for best clinical practice. It is important that professional codes reflect the potential exponential use of technology in therapy. However, current standards regarding technology use lack clarity. To explore this gap, a summative content analysis was conducted on state licensure laws/rules and professional ethical codes to find themes and subthemes among the many aspects of therapy in which technology can be utilized...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394020/-we-will-never-be-normal-the-experience-of-discovering-a-partner-has-autism-spectrum-disorder
#8
Laura F Lewis
Online forums and lay literature suggest that partners of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) experience depression, distress, and trauma in their everyday lives, exacerbated during the time surrounding diagnosis. In this content analysis, 29 participants were provided with an online open-ended statement asking them to describe in writing their experiences of discovering that their partners had ASD during their relationships. Six themes emerged, including: facing unique challenges within relationships; insisting partners seek diagnosis; initial shock and relief; losing hope for normalcy; making accommodations within relationships; and wishing for professional support...
April 10, 2017: Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394016/integrative-intensive-retreats-for-veteran-couples-and-families-a-pilot-study-assessing-change-in-relationship-adjustment-posttraumatic-growth-and-trauma-symptoms
#9
J Kale Monk, Lauren M Oseland, Briana S Nelson Goff, Brian G Ogolsky, Kali Summers
We assessed a brief, systemic retreat-style intervention that was developed to address concerns about the utilization of services for veterans coping with traumatic stress. A total of 76 dyads (N = 152) were assessed before and after a 4-day retreat, which included psychoeducation, group and conjoint therapeutic sessions, and recreational relaxation components. Overall, participants reported a reduction in trauma symptoms, but only support persons experienced a significant increase in posttraumatic growth from pretest to posttest...
April 10, 2017: Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394014/treatment-for-suicidal-thoughts-and-behavior-a-review-of-family-based-interventions
#10
Laura M Frey, Quintin A Hunt
The purpose of this article is to review the scientific evidence on the effects of family based interventions for suicidal ideation and behavior. We conducted an extensive search of electronic databases using a comprehensive search strategy. This search resulted in 16 studies that tested 13 interventions for treating suicidal ideation and behavior using family based interventions. Of the interventions identified, three yielded an overall improvement in suicidal ideation and behavior while an additional three interventions produced partial improvement in mental health symptoms...
April 10, 2017: Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337786/vulnerable-emotional-expression-in-emotion-focused-couples-therapy-relating-interactional-processes-to-outcome
#11
Jacqueline M McKinnon, Leslie S Greenberg
This study examined whether interactions characterized by high expression of emotional vulnerability in one partner followed by a highly supportive response style by the other partner predicted greater improvement on domains of forgiveness, unfinished business, trust, and relationship satisfaction in a sample of 32 couples presenting for Emotion Focused Couples Therapy with unresolved emotional injuries. For each outcome measure, two separate hierarchical regression models were tested (injured partner vulnerability and offending partner supportiveness; offending partner vulnerability and injured partner supportiveness)...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317141/actor-and-partner-effects-of-attachment-on-relationship-satisfaction-and-sexual-satisfaction-across-the-genders-an-apim-approach
#12
Henk Jan Conradi, Arjen Noordhof, Pieter Dingemanse, Dick P H Barelds, Jan H Kamphuis
Previous studies found gender differences in relationship satisfaction and sexuality. We tested gender differences in associations between attachment, a lasting relationship determinant, and two outcomes, relationship and sexual satisfaction. This study improves on earlier research by examining these associations in one Actor-Partner-Interdependence-Model, making direct statistical testing between outcomes possible. Furthermore, a community and a distressed sample (N = 113 heterosexual couples each) were included to attempt replication across samples and to examine clinical implications...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299797/processes-that-inform-multicultural-supervision-a-meta-analysis
#13
Nilou B Tohidian, Karen Mui-Teng Quek
As the fields of counseling and psychotherapy have become more cognizant that individuals, couples, and families bring with them a myriad of diversity factors into therapy, multicultural competency has also become a crucial component in the development of clinicians during clinical supervision and training. We employed a qualitative meta-analysis to provide a detailed and comprehensive description of similar themes identified in primary qualitative studies that have investigated supervisory practices with an emphasis on diversity...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295431/relational-family-therapy-as-an-aid-toward-resolving-the-trauma-of-sexual-abuse-in-childhood-in-the-process-of-separation-in-the-couple-relationship
#14
Tanja Repič Slavič, Christian Gostečnik
Relational family therapy (RFT) is a psycho-organic therapeutic approach that combines intrapsychic dynamics with interpersonal mechanisms and a systemic perspective. This integrative model is based on the assumption that the repetitive patterns of relationships in early childhood repeat in adulthood. It often happens that a sexually abused individual will later unconsciously be attracted to someone with whom they will relive the abusive atmosphere and dynamics from childhood. The purpose of this contribution is to present the RFT approach for dealing with sexual abuse...
March 13, 2017: Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295436/a-systematic-review-of-gay-lesbian-and-bisexual-research-samples-in-couple-and-family-therapy-journals
#15
Erica E Hartwell, Julianne M Serovich, Sandra J Reed, Danielle Boisvert, Teresa Falbo
The purpose of this study is to review samples from research on gay, lesbian, and bisexual (GLB) issues and to evaluate the suitability of this body of research to support affirmative and evidence-based practice with GLB clients. The authors systematically reviewed the sampling methodology and sample composition of GLB-related research. All original, quantitative articles focusing on GLB issues published in couple and family therapy (CFT)-related journals since 1975 were coded (n = 153). Results suggest that within the GLB literature base there is some evidence of heterocentrism as well as neglect of issues of class, race, and gender...
March 11, 2017: Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294367/the-role-of-the-facilitator-in-couple-relationship-education
#16
Scott A Ketring, Angela B Bradford, Stephanie Y Davis, Francesca Adler-Baeder, Julianne McGill, Thomas A Smith
While much of the Couple Relationship Education (CRE) research has focused on participant factors, unexpectedly little research has considered how characteristics of those providing the programming shape its efficacy. The current study draws upon a diverse sample of 225 couples who received CRE from community educators to examine how facilitation alliance is related to relationship outcomes for men and women and whether having a facilitator with similar demographic characteristics is related to the alliance...
March 11, 2017: Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28276073/barriers-and-facilitators-to-implementing-functional-family-therapy-in-a-community-setting-client-and-practitioner-perspectives
#17
Kerri E McPherson, Susan Kerr, Beth Casey, John Marshall
While Functional Family Therapy (FFT) is known to be effective in addressing adolescent behavioral problems, there has been little exploration of issues relevant to its transport from the tightly controlled setting of clinical trials into routine service delivery. This study sought the views of key stakeholders, clients, and practitioners, on barriers and facilitators to the successful implementation of FFT. Undertaken in a community setting in Scotland, interviews were carried out with 12 adolescents, 14 parents/caregivers, and 6 practitioners...
March 9, 2017: Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28261821/a-contextual-therapy-framework-for-mft-educators-facilitating-trustworthy-asymmetrical-training-relationships
#18
Michael E Sude, Laura Eubanks Gambrel
This article provides a conceptual framework for asymmetrical relationships between family therapy educators and trainees. Our framework is based on contextual family therapy, and we apply the concepts of trust, entitlement, self-validation, and loyalty to training relationships. We highlight the value of educators modeling responsible uses of power in addition to teaching trainees clinical concepts and skills. We propose that training can be a process where trainers earn constructive entitlement through their interactions with trainees, who then give to future clients, supervisees, and trainees to continue the cycle of intergenerational trustworthiness...
March 6, 2017: Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28261820/common-factors-role-in-accredited-mft-training-programs
#19
Carissa D'Aniello, Stephen T Fife
Common factors proponents discuss the benefits and methods of including common factors in marriage and family therapy (MFT) training; yet there are no empirical investigations of how common factors are incorporated into MFT curricula. The purpose of this study was to obtain a baseline understanding of common factors' role in MFT training. Thirty-one directors of COAMFTE- and CACREP-accredited MFT training programs responded to a survey about the inclusion of common factors in their training program, as well as the benefits, challenges, and students' reactions to common factors training...
March 6, 2017: Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28378948/gottman-j-s-gottman-j-m-2015-10-principles-for-doing-couples-therapy-new-york-ny-w-w-norton-company-258-pp-24-95
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Seon Kim, Kevin P Lyness
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April 2017: Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
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