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Journal of Marital and Family Therapy

Qiong Wu, Natasha Slesnick
This study examined the associations among maternal history of childhood abuse, substance use, and depressive symptoms and the change in children's depressive symptoms in therapy. Mothers (N = 183) were randomly assigned into either a family or an individual treatment condition. Mothers were assessed for their childhood abuse retrospectively, baseline depressive symptoms, and substance use, whereas their children's depressive symptoms were measured five times during 1.5 years. Maternal childhood abuse was associated with a slower decline in child depressive symptoms through elevated maternal depressive symptoms, only in individual treatment...
October 28, 2018: Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
Joyce Baptist, Brianna Craig, Bornell Nicholson
This study examined how open communication between spouses may buffer against discrimination experienced by Black-White couples. Results from 178 couples analyzed using a combination of common-fate and actor-partner interdependence models, indicated that for Black partners, marital satisfaction was not contingent on the level of openness when experiences of couple discrimination were low. When experiences of couple discrimination were high, levels of marital satisfaction were maintained among partners who reported high openness and reduced among partners who reported low openness...
October 16, 2018: Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
Célia M D Sales, Sofia Ferreira, Paula Mena Matos
As routine outcome monitoring systems develop, questions emerge about how therapists incorporate feedback into their practice, and how this relates to therapeutic gains. A case of covert grief was monitored in each session with the Personal Questionnaire and the Helpful Aspects of Therapy instruments. At 4 months follow-up, the Change Interview was administered. Individualized items facilitated access to the private views and needs of each member, which was useful for case formulation and ongoing personalization of the intervention...
October 16, 2018: Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
Megan Ferriby, Keeley Pratt, Sabrena Noria, Bradley Needleman
The current study utilized a sample of 183 patients, in romantic relationships, who were either pre- or post-weight loss surgery (WLS), to assess (a) associations between romantic relationship factors and pre- and post-surgery body mass index (BMI), (b) the positive and negative influences of obesity in romantic relationships, and (c) the influence of romantic relationship factors on BMI and the reciprocal. Correlations, confirmatory factor analysis, and multiple linear regression were conducted. Patients endorsed greater negative influence of obesity in their romantic relationships compared to positive influences, and their romantic relationship quality was predicted by several variables, including BMI, in pre- and post-surgery patient groups...
September 26, 2018: Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
Nikki Kennedy, Susan M Johnson, Stephanie A Wiebe, John B Willett, Giorgio A Tasca
The Hold Me Tight (HMT) program is a new approach to relationship education based on Emotionally-Focused Therapy (Johnson, ), an evidence-based approach to couple therapy. In this exploratory longitudinal research, we examined individual growth in relationship satisfaction and trust for partners in 95 couples in 16 HMT groups across four occasions of measurement: Baseline, Pre-Program, Post-Program and at either 3- or 6-month Follow-Up. We found that relationship satisfaction and trust increased during program participation, and declined during follow-up...
September 23, 2018: Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
Martiño Rodríguez-González, Maria Schweer-Collins, Elizabeth A Skowron, Rafael Jódar, Virginia Cagigal, Sofia O Major
The pathways between differentiation of self and health remain only partly elucidated. This cross-cultural study sought to test Bowen's hypothesis about the associations between differentiation, stressful life events, and physical and psychological health, in a sample of 466 Spanish adults. Results show that people with higher levels of differentiation were less prone to physical ailments (e.g., heart disease, cancer, or blood disorders) and psychological symptoms (e.g., depression or anxiety). Further, differentiation mediated the association between stress (i...
September 21, 2018: Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
Daniel Z Q Gan, Yiwei Zhou, Eric Hoo, Dominic Chong, Chi Meng Chu
Family functioning is predictive of youth recidivism in Singapore. However, there is a lack of family based interventions for youth offenders on community probation. Evidence-based family interventions developed in Western populations, such as Functional Family Therapy (FFT), have been found to be effective in mitigating subsequent youth criminal behavior. However, no study has examined whether such interventions can be implemented and adapted for use in Eastern cultures. Thus, this paper sought to detail the implementation of FFT in Singapore...
September 7, 2018: Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
Angela B Bradford, Stella Dobry, Jonathan G Sandberg, Sarah M Coyne
We examined whether time together as a problem mediates the link between frequency of video game use and relational outcomes (relationship quality, relational aggression, physical aggression) among 431 married couples. We also examined the moderating effect of couple attachment behaviors on the association between time together as a problem and outcomes. There was no support for a direct or indirect relationship between gaming and outcomes; however, time together as a problem was consistently related to outcomes...
September 5, 2018: Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
Alyssa Banford Witting, Dean Busby
Traumatic experiences within and outside the family of origin in childhood may disrupt couple functioning later in life. Using a sample of 3,958 couples assessed through the Relationship Evaluation Questionnaire (RELATE), an actor-partner independence model was fit to test direct and indirect associations between negative impact from one's family of origin (accounting for physical violence and sexual abuse) and resources in couple relationships. Resources were defined using intervention principles derived from the Conservation of Resources (COR) theory...
August 31, 2018: Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
David H Tefteller
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October 2018: Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
Ashley L Landers
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October 2018: Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
Steven M Harris, Aimee K Hubbard
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October 2018: Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
Allen B Mallory, Chelsea M Spencer, Jonathan G Kimmes, Amanda M Pollitt
We conducted two studies to understand if reminiscing about early parts of a romantic relationship can increase positive affect and relationship satisfaction. In Study 1, we examined the psychometrics of an adapted relationship nostalgia measure, if relationship nostalgia changes positive affect, and if relationship nostalgia and relationship satisfaction are associated. In Study 2, we tested the longitudinal link between relationship nostalgia and relationship satisfaction. Rather than increasing positive affect, relationship nostalgia is associated with a movement toward emotional homeostasis...
October 2018: Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
Yaliu He, Abigail H Gewirtz, Susanne Lee, Gerald August
A pilot, doubly randomized preference trial was conducted to investigate the impact of providing parents preferences on parenting outcomes. Families with children having conduct problems were randomly assigned to a choice group in which they received their preferred treatment among the four intervention options or a no-choice group in which they were randomized assigned to one of the four options. Results of mixed-effects models showed that parents in the choice group who selected Parent Management Training-Oregon Model (PMTO) had better parenting outcomes over time compared to parents in the choice group who selected child therapy...
October 2018: Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
Joshua R Novak, Jonathan G Sandberg, Dean M Busby
Using clinically relevant research methodology, this study focuses on differences (cross-partner difference scores) in perceptions of attachment behaviors (emotional accessibility, responsiveness, and engagement) between partners in couples therapy. In general, findings suggest that higher levels of self-enhancement attachment behaviors (participant perceives self as demonstrating more attachment behaviors than the partner's ratings of the participant) are associated with lower relationship satisfaction and greater relationship instability...
October 2018: Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
Preston C Morgan, Jared A Durtschi, Jonathan G Kimmes
Depression is a pervasive mental health concern; thus, it is important to identify modifiable factors associated with reducing depressive symptoms across time. Using 1,876 heterosexual couples assessed annually across 4 years from the Panel Analysis of Intimate Relationships and Family Dynamics (Pairfam) study, time-varying covariate growth models tested if sexual and relationship satisfaction were linked with shifts in trajectories of depressive symptoms across time. For both men and women, higher sexual and relationship satisfaction scores were significantly associated with decreasing their own depressive symptom trajectories, but only relationship satisfaction was linked with their partners' depressive symptom trajectories...
October 2018: Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
Lisa V Merchant, Jason B Whiting
Intimate partner violence is a common and damaging experience for many couples, and therapists struggle to address it adequately (Johnson, 2008). Despite its negative effects, many violent couples stay together, with some stopping their violent behaviors. Unfortunately, we know little about the systemic factors affecting violence desistance. This study used grounded theory methods to analyze the process of desistance in formerly violent couples. A model of desistance consisting of three categories was developed, which for most couples included a (a) Turning Point, (b) Decision to Change, and (c) Doing Things Differently...
October 2018: Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
Erika L Bocknek
This study included 75 mother-father-toddler triadic low-income families. Mothers and fathers reported separately on their own posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms and family rituals while children were rated by an independent observer during an emotionally eliciting task on key indicators of regulation of distress. Regression analyses supported a significant association between key dimensions of family rituals and Toddlers' regulation of distress: occurrence, continuation, and spirituality. Effect sizes of tested relationships were strong, ranging from 25% to 36% of variance in children's distress explained...
October 2018: Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
Jonathan G Kimmes, Matthew E Jaurequi, Ross W May, Sapna Srivastava, Frank D Fincham
Trait mindfulness and mindfulness in the context of romantic relationships may not be completely overlapping constructs. This study adapted an existing measure of trait mindfulness to assess the tendency to be mindful in romantic relationships, the Relationship Mindfulness Measure (RMM). Using data from 185 young adults, the results supported the RMM's internal consistency, test-retest reliability, and concurrent and predictive validity. The RMM accounted for a significant portion of variance in positive relationship quality, negative relationship quality, and anxious and avoidant attachment, even after controlling for trait mindfulness...
October 2018: Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
Adam C Jones, W David Robinson, Ryan B Seedall
In a study of 142 couples, we gathered survey data to show how sexual communication influences sexual and relationship satisfaction as well as sexual and orgasm frequency. In two dyadic data path analyses, we observed the significant paths of influence that sexual communication has on sexual and relationship satisfaction, as well as sexual and orgasm frequency. Our findings revealed greater amounts of sexual communication were associated with increased orgasm frequency in women and greater relationship and sexual satisfaction in both sexes...
October 2018: Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
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