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Emily J Georgia Salivar, Karen Rothman, McKenzie K Roddy, Brian D Doss
While the efficacy of couple therapy has been repeatedly demonstrated, most distressed couples do not seek treatment. To improve reach and overcome barriers to therapy, Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy (IBCT) was translated into a web-based program, OurRelationship (OR). While both IBCT and OR have been shown to improve relationship and individual functioning, the goal of the present study was to compare the relative cost effectiveness of these two treatment modalities. In IBCT, 74% of couples experienced reliable improvement, compared to 55% of couples in OR...
December 10, 2018: Family Process
Hannah C Williamson, Benjamin R Karney, Thomas N Bradbury
Despite being at elevated risk for relationship distress and dissolution, couples living with low incomes are less likely than their middle-class counterparts to participate in couple therapy. To increase treatment use among economically disadvantaged couples, information is needed on how they perceive barriers to treatment and on factors that might facilitate their help-seeking. The first aim of the present study was to identify the prevalence of attitudinal, structural, and relational barriers to seeking therapy for the relationship among individuals who perceived a need for help with their relationship...
November 29, 2018: Journal of Family Psychology: JFP
Lin S Myers Jovanović
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2018: Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy
Rikki Patton, Heather Katafiasz
Prior research has indicated the significant overlap between risky alcohol use and intimate partner violence (IPV) among couples. However, few studies have explicitly examined the intersection of alcohol use and IPV among distressed couples (e.g., couples seeking couples therapy). The current study aimed to (a) examine how couples presenting to couple therapy experience alcohol use, IPV, and the co-occurrence of both alcohol use and IPV and (b) the effect of the intersection of alcohol use and IPV in couples on relational functioning...
November 1, 2018: Journal of Interpersonal Violence
Jesse Owen, Galena K Rhoades, Scott M Stanley, Howard J Markman, Elizabeth S Allen
Couple therapy has been shown to be a meaningful way to improve couples' relationships. However, less information is known about couples' functioning prior to entering treatment in community settings, as well as how their relationship functioning changes from initiating therapy onward. This study examined 87 couples who began community-based couple therapy during a longitudinal study of couples in the military. The couples were assessed six times over the course of 3 years, including time points before and after starting couple therapy...
October 10, 2018: Family Process
Camilla Nystrand, Richard Ssegonja, Filipa Sampaio
AIM: The aim of this study was to assess the quality of life (QoL) and service use of parents who have preschool-aged children, and whether the mental-health problems of parents and their children predict these outcomes. METHODS: Cross-sectional data were gathered in 2015-2016 in Uppsala County in Sweden where 3164 parents of children aged three- to five-years-old were asked to self-report their own and their children's mental-health status and service use in the past 12 months...
September 26, 2018: Scandinavian Journal of Public Health
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
Sarah B Campbell, Keith D Renshaw
Romantic partners' accommodation of trauma survivors' posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms (e.g., taking on tasks, survivors avoid participating in social withdrawal) is associated with lower relationship satisfaction for both partners and survivors. Little is known about associations of partner accommodation with other aspects of relationship functioning, like intimacy. Sixty-four male military veterans with at least subclinical PTSD and their partners participated in a 2-week daily diary study. Veterans completed nightly measures of PTSD symptoms, while female partners completed nightly measures of accommodating behaviors performed that day...
September 14, 2018: Family Process
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
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