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Andrea K Wittenborn, Ting Liu, Ty A Ridenour, E Megan Lachmar, Erica A Mitchell, Ryan B Seedall
This randomized controlled trial examined the effectiveness of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for depression and relationship satisfaction versus usual care (i.e., couple therapy other than EFT), and explored mechanisms of change. Mixed model trajectory analyses of 16 couples indicated EFT was associated with greater improvement in relationship satisfaction among men and women. Men receiving EFT reported greater improvements in depressive symptoms compared to usual care. Unified structural equation modeling revealed changes in relationship satisfaction preceded changes in depressive symptoms in one cluster of partners, while changes in depression preceded changes in relationship satisfaction in a second cluster...
August 13, 2018: Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
Senem Zeytinoglu-Saydam, Alba Niño
Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT) was developed based on the premise that couples get stuck in negative cycles fueled by their underlying primary emotions and unmet attachment needs (Johnson [2004], Creating connection: The practice of Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy). EFT therapists need to stay in touch with and regulate their own emotions when the tension rises in the sessions, while still staying open and vulnerable to their clients. Person-of-the-Therapist Training model (Aponte & Kissil [2016], The person of the therapist training model: Mastering the use of self) aims to increase therapists' understanding, awareness, and acceptance of their own personal issues to create a more empathic connection with their clients...
August 13, 2018: Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
Lynne M Knobloch-Fedders, Stephanie J Wilson
OBJECTIVE: This study investigated associations between couples' interpersonal behavior, depressive symptoms, and relationship distress over the course of couple psychotherapy. METHOD: After every other session of Integrative Systemic Therapy (M = 13 sessions), N = 100 individuals within 50 couples rated their in-session affiliation and autonomy behavior using the circumplex-based Structural Analysis of Social Behavior Intrex. Concurrent and prospective associations of interpersonal behavior with depressive symptoms and relationship distress were evaluated via multivariate multilevel modeling using the Actor-Partner Interdependence Model...
July 31, 2018: Psychotherapy Research: Journal of the Society for Psychotherapy Research
Jaakko Seikkula, Anu Karvonen, Virpi-Liisa Kykyri, Markku Penttonen, Petra Nyman-Salonen
Research on human intersubjectivity has found that humans participate in a dialogue throughout their life, and that this is manifested not only via language, but also nonverbally, with the entire body. Such an understanding of human life has brought into focus some basic systemic ideas concerning the human relational mind. For Gregory Bateson, the mind works as a system, formed from components that are in continuous interaction with each other. In our Relational Mind research project, we followed twelve couple therapy processes involving two therapists per session, looking at the ways in which the four participants attuned to each other with their bodies, including their autonomic nervous system activity...
July 22, 2018: Family Process
Jeremiah A Schumm, Timothy J O'Farrell, Marie M Murphy, Patrice Muchowski
INTRODUCTION: Studies have found reductions in female-to-male (F-to-M) and male-to-female (M-to-F) intimate partner violence (IPV) following alcohol-related treatment. Despite high prevalence of IPV among drug-abusing women, there are no controlled studies examining IPV following drug-related treatment for women. This is a secondary analysis of a randomized clinical trial comparing behavioral couples therapy plus individually-based treatment (BCT + IBT) versus individually-based treatment (IBT) for drug-abusing women and their male partners (N = 61; see O'Farrell, Schumm, Murphy, & Muchowski, 2017)...
September 2018: Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment
Lies Hendrickx, Luk Gijs, Paul Enzlin
While not all sexual difficulties cause distress, research and clinical experience suggest that, apart from personal distress, partner and relational sexual distress are also often an important reason to seek professional help. The current study explored the associations between personal, perceived partner, and relational distress that men and women experience as a result of sexual difficulties. Data from heterosexual Flemish individuals ages 16 to 74 who were in a relationship (13,800 men and 13,242 women, mean age of 43...
July 20, 2018: Journal of Sex Research
Maryam Davoodvandi, Shokouh Navabi Nejad, Valiollah Farzad
Objective: The present study aimed at examining the effectiveness of Gottman couple therapy on improving marital adjustment and couples' intimacy. Method : This was a semi- experimental study with pretest, post-test, and follow-up assessments. A total of 16 couples (32 individuals) were selected using convenience sampling method considering inclusion- exclusion criteria; they were then randomly assigned into experimental (N = 16) and control (N = 16) groups. Participants of the experimental group received ten 45-minute sessions of Gottman's couple therapy...
April 2018: Iranian Journal of Psychiatry
Brian Penti, Joanne Timmons, David Adams
Intimate partner violence (IPV) is prevalent and has lasting impacts on the health and well-being of the entire family involved. Primary care physicians often interact with male patients who perpetrate IPV and are in a role potentially to intervene, but there is very little research and guidance about how to address perpetration of IPV in the health care setting. We reviewed the existing literature research related to physicians' interactions with male perpetrators of IPV and summarize the recommendations. If a male patient discloses IPV perpetration, physicians should assess for lethality, readiness to change, and comorbid medical conditions that could impact treatment, such as substance abuse and mental illness...
July 2018: Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine: JABFM
Rachel R Tambling, Lee N Johnson
OBJECTIVES: Measuring client motivation to change, and then using information from that assessment to plan and conduct treatment, has been of great interest to therapists. Researchers have modified a measure of motivation to change to develop the R-URICA (Tambling & Johnson, 2012, Fam. J., 20, 59). DESIGN: This manuscript presents the results of an exploration of the validity of the R-URICA in a sample of individuals in couple therapy. Sample included 581 couples from a treatment-as-usual sample of counselling clinic clients...
June 29, 2018: Psychology and Psychotherapy
Aarno Laitila, Berta Vall, Markku Penttonen, Anu Karvonen, Virpi-Liisa Kykyri, Valeri Tsatsishvili, Jukka Kaartinen, Jaakko Seikkula
This article reports on the added value of embodied responses identified through sympathetic nervous system (SNS) activity in couple therapy research. It focuses on moments of change and the timing of therapeutic interventions or therapeutic moves in a couple therapy session. The data for this single-case study comprise couple therapy process videotapes recorded in a multi-camera setting, and measurements of participants' SNS activity. The voluntary participants were a marital couple in their late thirties and two middle-aged male psychotherapists...
June 22, 2018: Family Process
Olivia Schünemann, Johannes Lindenmeyer, Nina Heinrichs
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to examine predictors that lead to the utilization of Behavioural Couple Therapy (BCT) for patients with alcohol dependence (AD) in a -European health care system and to identify groups that have a low probability of utilizing BCT. METHODS: Using routinely collected data from a German rehabilitation clinic, a sample of 1,843 inpatients with AD living in a couple relationship was examined. Each patient could freely choose to participate in an addiction-specific BCT as a voluntary additional intervention during an inpatient treatment program...
2018: European Addiction Research
Angelo Barbato, Barbara D'Avanzo, Alberto Parabiaghi
BACKGROUND: Couple therapy for depression has the twofold aim of modifying negative interaction patterns and increasing mutually supportive aspects of intimate relationships, changing the interpersonal context of depression. Couple therapy is included in several guidelines among the suggested treatments for depression. OBJECTIVES: 1. The main objective was to examine the effects of couple therapy compared to individual psychotherapy for depression.2. Secondary objectives were to examine the effects of couple therapy compared to drug therapy and no/minimal treatment for depression...
June 8, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Lin S Myers Jovanović
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October 2, 2017: Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy
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Reports an error in "Initiation and retention in couples outpatient treatment for parents with drug and alcohol use disorders" by Abby L. Braitman and Michelle L. Kelley ( Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology , 2016[Jun], Vol 24[3], 174-184). In the article, there are errors in Table 2. In the corrected table, the impact of Men's perpetration of violence changes from a non-significant trend (p < .10) to a significant effect (p < .05). Also within Table 2, Women's dyadic cohesion effect changed from a significant finding to a non-significant trend (p ...
June 2018: Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology
Rebekka Kuhn, Thomas N Bradbury, Fridtjof W Nussbeck, Guy Bodenmann
Although active, responsive listening is widely assumed to be essential for well-functioning intimate relationships, the manner in which this important behavior might promote closeness remains unknown. To test the prediction that listening may be especially influential when partners disclose experiences of stress, we instructed 365 heterosexual couples to hold two 8-min conversations in which each partner discussed a stressful personal experience while the other partner was asked to respond as he or she ordinarily would...
June 4, 2018: Journal of Family Psychology: JFP
Maren Rathgeber, Paul-Christian Bürkner, Eva-Maria Schiller, Heinz Holling
Behavioral couple therapy (BCT) and emotionally focused couples therapy (EFCT) are well-established treatments to reduce couple distress. This meta-analysis summarizes the current state of knowledge on the efficacy of these two therapy methods by focusing on randomized controlled trials only. A literature search revealed 33 suitable primary studies (2,730 participants in total), all of them measuring relationship satisfaction. Robust-variance random-effects meta-analysis revealed medium effect sizes at post-test (overall: g = 0...
May 20, 2018: Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
Heather M Foran, Michael Lorber, Jill Malik, Richard E Heyman, Amy M Smith Slep
Dysfunctional conflict resolution behaviors in couples have been long recognized as markers of relationship maladjustment and are, consequently, frequent targets of couple therapy. The process of flooding may play a role. Flooding is the subjective sense of being overwhelmed by the partner's negative affect, which is perceived as unexpected and intense, and feeling as though one's information processing is impaired. It has been theorized that flooding is so aversive as to lead to maladaptive conflict behaviors (e...
April 1, 2018: Assessment
Hannah C Williamson, Julia F Hammett, Jaclyn M Ross, Benjamin R Karney, Thomas N Bradbury
Despite evidence that empirically supported couple therapies improve marital relationships, relatively few couples seek help when they need it. Low-income couples are particularly unlikely to engage in relationship interventions despite being at greater risk for distress and dissolution than their higher-income counterparts. The present study aimed to clarify how premarital education influences couples' progression through different stages of later help-seeking, as identified in prior research. Using 5 waves of self-report data from a sample of 431 ethnically diverse newlywed couples living in low-income neighborhoods, analyses revealed that wives who received premarital education later considered seeking therapy at a higher level of relationship satisfaction and lower level of problem severity than those who did not receive premarital education, though this was not true for husbands...
March 2018: Journal of Family Psychology: JFP
McKenzie K Roddy, Karen Rothman, Larisa N Cicila, Brian D Doss
Couples are increasingly utilizing newly developed online adaptations of couple therapy; however, different presenting problems could drive couples to seek either online or in-person services. This study compared the presenting problems of 151 couples seeking an online couple intervention for relationship distress (OurRelationship) with responses from 147 couples seeking in-person couple therapy. Presenting problems were generally consistent across gender and whether or not the respondent was the initial help-seeker...
April 2, 2018: Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
Thierry Almont, Corinne Couteau, Hélène Etienne, Pierre Bondil, Rosine Guimbaud, Leslie Schover, Éric Huyghe
PURPOSE: To assess sexual health and needs for sexology care of cancer patients during chemotherapy. METHODS: We performed a 4-month cross-sectional study in cancer patients treated by chemotherapy in the digestive cancer department of a regional university hospital. Patients were asked to fill out a self-administered questionnaire about their sexual health, Sexual Quality of Life Questionnaire for Male (SQoL-M) or Female (SQoL-F), and their needs for sexology care...
August 2018: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
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