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Journal of Marital and Family Therapy

Jacqueline M Williams-Reade, Daniel Tapanes, Brian J Distelberg, Susanne Montgomery
In pediatric chronic illness, little is known about the relational interactions between adolescent patients, parents, and illnesses and how they influence self-management of illness. We conducted interviews with 32 individuals (16 dyads) representing adolescents diagnosed with a chronic illness and their primary parent who had been referred to a psychosocial treatment program for challenges with illness management. Interviews were conducted individually and analyzed dyadically using grounded theory to better understand the relational processes that may be contributing to illness management difficulties...
February 6, 2019: Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
Tiffany L Clyde, Alan J Hawkins, Brian J Willoughby
In this article, we review research on contemporary social trends that influence the next generation's ability to form and sustain a healthy marriage. As a result, we argue for greater attention to premarital interventions for engaged couples to help the next generation address the potential challenges created by these trends. After we briefly review the current state of premarital education and counseling, we examine four general, interrelated social trends: individualism and commitment ambivalence, changing attitudes about marriage, premarital relationship histories, and the omnipresent media environment...
February 6, 2019: Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
Valerie A Handley, Spencer D Bradshaw, Kaitlyn A Milstead, Roy A Bean
Bowen family systems theory (BFST) identifies differentiation of self as a crucial characteristic that relates to one's individual and relational maturity. Bowen theorizes that an individual's level of differentiation typically remains static over time and that individuals select and pair in relationships with others who have similar levels of differentiation. This study aimed to test the hypotheses of BFST by using components of differentiation of self, emotional reactivity, and emotional cutoff, in dyadic structural equation modeling...
December 27, 2018: Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
Abby Girard, Jennifer J Connor, Scott R Woolley
Extradyadic involvement (EDI) is one of the greatest challenges that couples and couples therapists face. Many clinicians and researchers attempt to understand motivations for EDI; however, there is a lack of theory-driven research to support claims of infidelity typologies. The current study explored the relationship between adult attachment dimensions of avoidance and anxiety and the attachment-based typology proposed by Author et al. (). Results indicate significant differences in attachment anxiety in high anxiety affair types versus low anxiety affair types...
December 24, 2018: Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
Mark D Maxwell, Sean D Davis, Marianne M Miller, Scott R Woolley
The purpose of this constructivist grounded theory study was to develop a deeper understanding of the relational system of married couples and God. We interviewed nine marital couples from Christian denominations that reported having a strong relationship with each other and with God together. We used constructivist grounded theory techniques presented by Charmaz () and analyzed emergent categories of behaviors, emotions, and cognitions to construct a theory and model of Christian marital couples and their shared relationship with God...
December 18, 2018: Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
Cameron C Brown, Zenova Williams, Jared A Durtschi
Minimal research has examined interracial couples' relationship satisfaction and dissolution patterns over time. Using dyadic data across 8 years, we examined potential differences in relationship quality trajectories through latent growth curve modeling with 1,336 couples as well as differential risks for relationship dissolution through logistic regression between same-race and interracial relationships using a different subset of 2,370 couples. Results indicated that women in interracial relationships were significantly lower in initial relationship quality than women in same-race relationships...
December 14, 2018: Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
Steven M Harris
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December 11, 2018: Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
Stephanie Hefti, Tania Pérez, Ute Fürstenau, Bruno Rhiner, Cynthia C Swenson, Marc Schmid
Multisystemic Therapy for Child Abuse and Neglect (MST-CAN) is an evidence-based program for families with children who experience maltreatment. This clinical trial is the first evaluation of MST-CAN in a German-speaking area. Parental psychological problems and parental stress have been shown to be risk factors for child abuse and neglect. By the end of treatment, parents reported significantly less psychological distress than before the start of MST-CAN. Six months after treatment, this reduction was still evident...
December 5, 2018: Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
Karen S Wampler
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November 26, 2018: Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
Afshana Haque, Carolyn Y Tubbs, Emily P Kahumoku-Fessler, Matthew D Brown
This mixed methods exploratory study illustrates the influence of pervasive misconceptions about Islam on the experiences of 314 adult Muslims across the United States. Quantitative results suggest that Muslim stress levels are comparable to the stress levels of other marginalized groups in the United States. Qualitative analysis revealed four themes that highlight the challenges faced by Muslims as well as their resiliency in the face of microaggressions and marginalization. Family therapists may utilize these personal accounts to expand their understanding of Muslim experiences, and to reflect on their own implicit biases toward Muslims in order to reduce chances of premature termination...
January 2019: 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
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
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
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
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