Doneila L McIntosh, Guanyu Wang
As diversity in the United States increases, marriage and family therapists are encountering more multi-heritage couples in therapy. Recent research shows that around 11% of adults are married to someone from a different racial or ethnic group, rising to 19% among new marriages. Multi-heritage couples encompass inherent differences in race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, and culture. This article addresses the unique challenges faced by multi-heritage couples in therapy and explores the strengths and weaknesses of existing assessment tools suitable for their needs...
April 12, 2024: Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
Luca Codecá, Jody Russon, Matteo Selvini
Since the birth of family therapy, the Milan approach has been known as a foundational systemic model. Nevertheless, following the dissolution of the Milan group, Mara Selvini, alongside Matteo Selvini, Stefano Cirillo, and Anna Maria Sorrentino, began a new trajectory of clinical development, insufficiently examined within the American panorama. After her death, in 1999, the Selvini group continued to adapt and refine her systemic approach which is known today as the systemic-family-individual (SFI) approach...
April 12, 2024: Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
Maggie L Smith, Andrew S Brimhall
Family weight talk, in the forms of both family weight teasing and encouragement to diet, has been linked to numerous adverse outcomes, including increased disordered eating, unhealthy weight control behaviors, and body mass index. However, little is known about its role in mental health outcomes, especially for emerging adults. Utilizing structural equation modeling, we examined the role of family weight teasing (FWT) and parental encouragement to diet in anxiety and depression and explored body weight perception as a moderator within a sample of 292 emerging adults...
April 11, 2024: Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
Alyssa N Clark, Tracy L Walters, Eva S Lefkowitz
Desire discrepancies are a common source of relationship conflict and one reason adults may seek couples counseling. Within romantic relationships, adults individually experience sexual and affectionate desire, but also experience desire relative to their partner. If desire discrepancies exist, partners may attempt to resolve these discrepancies. Thus, we examined adults' strategies for managing sexual and affectionate desire discrepancies. Our sample consisted of 300 adults (45% women; Mage  = 29...
April 11, 2024: Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
Megan J Moran, Samantha A Murray, Emily LaPorte, Rachel G Lucas-Thompson
Stress among parents has increased during the COVID-19 pandemic. Research prior to the pandemic indicates that parents of children who struggle with emotion regulation (ER) and who themselves are less mindful report more stress and diminished coping abilities. We know little, however, about these associations in the context of COVID-19. To prevent COVID-related deteriorations in parent well-being and child outcomes and to support parents during this potentially challenging time, it is important to understand the factors that are associated with increased stress as well as adaptive coping...
July 2023: Family Journal: Counseling and Therapy for Couples and Families
Laura Ferrari, Elena Canzi, Daniela Barni, Sonia Ranieri, Francesca Vittoria Danioni, Giuliana La Fico, Rosa Rosnati
Despite an increasing interest in how adoptive parents deal with situations appraised as stressful, there is a lack of research regarding adoptive parents' adjustment to the challenges posed by the prolonged COVID-19 pandemic. The current study explores similarities and differences between adoptive and non-adoptive mothers in terms of risks (i.e., COVID-19-related stress) and individual (i.e., sense of coherence [SOC]), couple (i.e., partner's support), parent-child (i.e., parent-child relationship satisfaction), and social (i...
July 2023: Family Journal: Counseling and Therapy for Couples and Families
Julia Yates, Jennifer D Irwin
Resilience, or the ability to bounce back despite facing adversities, may influence parents' abilities to handle the multitude of parent-specific COVID-19-related challenges that have faced them. This cross-sectional study examined (1) the relationship between parents' resilience and their COVID-19-related family stressors; (2) parents' perceptions of their greatest stressors throughout the pandemic; and (3) non-school-related challenges and their resultant impact on parents' and children's resilience. Via an online survey, data was collected from 63 parents (Mage  = 37...
July 2023: Family Journal: Counseling and Therapy for Couples and Families
Jenny Lee Vaydich, Rebecca Y M Cheung
The COVID-19 pandemic brought about many changes in family routines and introduced new stressors for parents. While stressors can lead to parental burnout, coparenting support may mitigate the effects of parental stress on parental burnout. The current study explored the effects of parental stress, COVID-19 stress, and coparenting support on parental burnout during the second year of the pandemic. Participants consisted of one hundred fifty-five parents in the USA ( M  = 39.6, SD  = 7...
July 2023: Family Journal: Counseling and Therapy for Couples and Families
Ann Marie Martin, Laura Lee McIntyre, Cameron Neece
The rapid transition to virtual learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic created unprecedented challenges that significantly impacted caregivers of young children, particularly those with developmental delays and children from non-English speaking households (Valicenti-McDermott et al., 2022). The current study aims to describe caregivers' concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic in general and specific educational concerns following school closures, and to determine whether their concerns varied as a function of whether the child had a developmental delay or the parent's ethnicity...
July 2023: Family Journal: Counseling and Therapy for Couples and Families
David J Johnson, Jaclyn C Pickens, Derek Holyoak, Amanda Denzer-King
The proliferation of technology has accelerated exponentially over the past 50 years. Contemporarily, researchers have explored the influences technology use is having on individuals and relationships. Theoretical frameworks such as the couple, family, and technology (CFT) Framework have been applied to individuals and couples in committed relationships to better understand the implications of technology adoption and use within this relational subsystem. Research examining technology's impact on couple relationships recognizes the potential for technology use to be either helpful or unhelpful to the relationship but fails to fully examine the helpful aspects of technology use...
April 11, 2024: Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
Alyssa Banford Witting, Shayne R Anderson, Lee N Johnson, Betsy Hughes Barrow, Allie Peery
The connection between adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and anxiety disorders is well-documented. Additionally, therapy has been shown to be effective at reducing anxiety symptoms. Yet more needs to be known about how ACEs may shape the process of therapy and the trajectory of anxiety symptoms. This study was designed to compare the trajectory of improvement in anxiety symptoms over the course of 12 sessions of therapy in adults (N = 472), who reported more (greater than four) and fewer (fewer than four) ACEs using a multigroup latent growth curve analysis...
April 11, 2024: Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
Tahir Jameel, Mukhtiar Baig, Manal Abdulaziz Murad, Zohair Jamil Gazzaz, Youssof Mal, Wedyan Eid Alyoubi, Ghadi Hamed Alyoubi, Shoug Tawfiq Alaslani, Hanan Abdullah Alshuaibi, Ayesha Nawaz, Turki Alkaabi
BACKGROUND: Marriage among cousins or close relatives, i.e., consanguinity, is prevalent in many parts of the world, especially the Muslim world. Across civilizations, cultural norms, religious beliefs, and economic factors affect consanguineous marriages (CMs); however, such marriages have social, genetic, and health repercussions. The present study investigated the university students' attitudes regarding CMs and factors influencing their attitudes at King Abdulaziz University (KAU), Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA)...
2024: Frontiers in Public Health
Shayne R Anderson, Lee N Johnson, Alyssa Banford Witting, Richard B Miller, Angela B Bradford, Quintin A Hunt, Roy A Bean
Monitoring the therapeutic alliance throughout treatment can improve client outcomes and lead to improved care. The individual, couple, and family versions of the intersession alliance measure (IAM) were developed to facilitate routine monitoring of the expanded therapeutic alliance. Psychometric properties of the three versions of the IAM were examined using a clinical sample. Participants were drawn from clinics in the United States participating in the Marriage and Family Therapy Practice Research Network...
April 3, 2024: Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
Sharon Egozi, Or Shalev, Lotem Svorai, Ruth Touch, Sharon Snir
The study aimed to evaluate the Couples' Closeness-Distance Scale (CCDS), an observational assessment reflecting couples' relational dynamics; based on joint-drawing, it offers measurable dimensions. Forty cohabiting Israeli couples participated in the joint-drawing task and answered self-report questionnaires for attachment, differentiation of self, and relationship satisfaction. The paintings were assessed by trained observers on the CCDS scales (too distant, too close, autonomy, engagement) for both the women's and men's experiences...
April 3, 2024: Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
Najmaddin S H Khoshnaw, Jawhar J Omar, Zahir S Hussein, Rebar N Mohammed
Thalassemia major is one of the health problems in Iraq, especially in Kurdistan. Pre-marriage mandatory preventive screening program was established in Kurdistan in 2008, which allowed us to study the prevalence of different hemoglobinopathies among newly married young adults in this region. A total of 1154 subjects (577 couples) attending the Koya district, premarital Health center, were screened using red cell indices. Those who had mean corpuscular volume (MCV)<80 fl and mean corpuscular hemoglobin (MCH)<27 pg had high-performance liquid chromatography and iron studies...
April 2, 2024: Hemoglobin
Madiha Shadab, Ansar Ahmed Abbasi, Ahsan Ejaz, Afif Ben-Mahmoud, Vijay Gupta, Hyung-Goo Kim, Barbara Vona
Hearing loss is a clinically and genetically heterogeneous disorder, with over 148 genes and 170 loci associated with its pathogenesis. The spectrum and frequency of causal variants vary across different genetic ancestries and are more prevalent in populations that practice consanguineous marriages. Pakistan has a rich history of autosomal recessive gene discovery related to non-syndromic hearing loss. Since the first linkage analysis with a Pakistani family that led to the mapping of the DFNB1 locus on chromosome 13, 51 genes associated with this disorder have been identified in this population...
April 2024: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
Leily Kazemi, Mojgan Mirghafourvand, Khalil Esmaeilpour, Mahin Kamalifard
BACKGROUND: Industrialization of societies has placed considerable stress on employees influencing marital and sexual satisfaction. This study investigated the effects of stress management (SM) and relationship enrichment (RE) counseling on marital and sexual satisfaction in stressed women working at Tabriz University of Medical Sciences hospitals, Iran. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this quasi-experimental study, 75 nurses and midwives experiencing moderate-to-severe occupational stress after obtaining written informed consent were assigned to SM and RE counseling and control groups randomly...
2024: Journal of Education and Health Promotion
Ammar Abdulrahman Jairoun, Sabaa Saleh Al-Hemyari, Moyad Shahwan, Hidayah Karuniawati, Samer H Zyoud, Eman Abu-Gharbieh, Sa'ed H Zyoud, Mena Al-Ani, Mustafa Habeb, Maimona Jairoun
BACKGROUND: Several studies indicate a correlation between consanguinity and genetic disorders, congenital malformations, harm to reproductive health, and increased child mortality. OBJECTIVE: To assess students' knowledge and attitudes about risks and prevention of consanguineous marriage. METHODS: Demographic details of the participants and data on knowledge and attitudes concerning the risks and prevention of consanguineous marriage were obtained using an online self-administered questionnaire...
2024: Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare
Mohsin Hassan, Maaz Khan, Moula Ghulam, Nouman Anthony, Mohsin Khan
Congenital afibrinogenemia is a rare inherited blood disorder characterized by a deficiency of fibrinogen, leading to abnormal blood clotting. It is caused by mutations in fibrinogen genes and results in a propensity for bleeding. We present the case of a one-year-old male child with congenital afibrinogenemia who developed a left-sided facial haematoma following a fall from a walker. The child had a history of active bleeding during cannulation and had not undergone circumcision due to the risk of bleeding...
February 2024: Curēus
Sonja Bröning, Lutz Wartberg
The ability to effectively cope with stress is impacted by early relationship experiences and, thus, is related to attachment security. We examined how different forms of attachment insecurity (namely, attachment anxiety and attachment avoidance) impact romantic partners' capacity for coping with stress individually (via self-regulation) and together (via dyadic coping) in a community sample of 261 heterosexual couples. We also explored links between these coping strategies and measures of well-being. Multiple regression analyses in this cross-sectional, self-report study indicated that attachment avoidance, but not anxiety, was linked to less effective dyadic coping...
March 15, 2024: Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy
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