Antonius D Skipper, Andrew H Rose, Noel A Card, Travis James Moore, Debra Lavender-Bratcher, Cassandra Chaney
Despite the common use of religious buffers, African Americans are disproportionately affected by depressive symptoms. Communal coping may serve as one factor in helping religious African American couples alleviate the symptoms of depression. This study examines the association between relational sanctification and depressive symptoms as mediated by the communal coping of 467 African American married and cohabiting couples. Data from the sampled couples were analyzed using a common fate model, and analyses revealed higher scores on the measure of sanctification were associated with more communal coping; more communal coping was associated with fewer depressive symptoms among women and men, and communal coping acted as a mediator between relational sanctification and depressive symptoms in both partners...
August 30, 2023: Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
Carlos Perez, Stephen T Fife, Dane Eggleston, Jason B Whiting
Infidelity is a common reason couples seek therapeutic help as betrayed partners are often hurt and dismayed by their partners' decision to engage in an extradyadic relationship. Despite its common occurrence, there are very few empirical studies of the decision-making process behind infidelity. To address this gap, the current study used grounded theory, a qualitative approach commonly used to develop theories from participants' experiences, to explore men's processes in deciding to engage in infidelity...
August 28, 2023: Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
Rebecca J Gammage, Lizette Nolte
When a parent is less able to meet their children's needs due to a severe and enduring mental health problem (MHP), other adult family members often help with childcare. We present a Grounded Theory of how children's family caregivers construct meaning about the parental MHP and communicate about it with children. Nineteen caregivers participated in qualitative interviews. Each supported at least one related child aged 4-17 years with a parent with MHPs. We found that caregivers engaged in a Core Social Process of providing protection in uncertainty...
August 28, 2023: Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
Taimoor Ashraf Khan, Sheharyar Zameer, Teyyeb Azeem Janjua, Muhammad Abdullah Zahid, Amjad Akram, Naafiah Khalid Mallick
Cornea plana (CP) is a rare ocular condition existing in two distinct clinical and hereditary forms: a milder, autosomal dominant type I and a more severe, autosomal recessive type II. The condition is more commonly found in Finnish, Saudi, and Czech families. We report three brothers from a consanguineous marriage that presented with complaints of decreased vision of varying degrees. All three of them have blue, thick, and hazy corneas with shallow anterior chamber depths. The additional features of CP type II were seen in the older two brothers including arcus lipoids, ill-demarcated limbus, and an accommodative squint...
2023: Oman Journal of Ophthalmology
Figen B Birinci, Rahime A Er
Good quality family planning (FP) counseling meets the reproductive health needs of individuals and couples by supporting autonomous decision making. Survey-based assessments cannot catch nuances of FP counseling. This study aimed to evaluate the quality of FP counseling offered to couples in Turkiye (Kocaeli)- which is a primary example of a developing country. This study was conducted with health workers providing at least six months pre-marriage counseling services in five institutions. Data were obtained by information form, individual face-to-face interviews, and observation...
October 2022: African Journal of Reproductive Health
Benjamin Jones, Jared Durtschi, Brooke Keilholtz
Prevalence rates of anxiety and depression have increased among adolescents in recent years. The etiology of these internalizing symptoms is complex, but mothers can play a role in the mental health of their adolescent children. Using data from Year 15 of the fragile families and child well-being study, we analyzed associations between adolescent-reported maternal engagement, mother-adolescent relationship closeness, and adolescent depression and anxiety in a sample of 3146 mother-adolescent dyads. Using structural equation modeling, the four areas of engagement, closeness, anxiety, and depression were all modeled as latent variables to test the associations between these constructs...
August 15, 2023: Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
Atefe Kami, Alale Langari, Mohammad H Gharib, Mousa Ghelichi-Ghojogh, Parmis S Hosseini, Seyed A Hosseini
UNLABELLED: Vanishing white matter (VWM) is a neurological disorder that has an autosomal recessive mode of inheritance. VWM is caused due to a mutation in in any of the five genes of eukaryotic translation initiation factor 2B (eIF2B). The etiology is unknown. CASE PRESENTATION: The authors report two cases of VWM disease. In the first case, an 8-month-old female child, brought to the pediatric clinic with seizure and loss of consciousness. The second case was a 24-month-old girl, presented with weakness, a disability to walk and swallow, and poor feeding...
August 2023: Annals of Medicine and Surgery
Noratthiah Nordin, William Kim Halford, Fiona K Barlow, Khairul A Mastor
Relationship standards are beliefs about what is important in high-quality couple relationships. Clarifying standards cross-culturally informs theory about relationship quality and goals for culturally appropriate couple therapy. The current study assessed four standards (Couple Bond, Family Responsibility, Relationship Effort, and Religion) in n = 113 Malay Muslim couples, and the association of those standards with marital satisfaction. All four standards were strongly endorsed, Religion was the most strongly endorsed, and there were minimal sex differences...
August 6, 2023: Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
Pooja Aggarwal, Deepa Bhat
Sickle cell disease (SCD) is an inherited disorder of hemoglobin. With an overall prevalence of 4.3%, India is the second-largest hub of SCD after Africa. Genetic counseling (GC) is the most cost-effective intervention to reduce the burden of a genetic disease including SCD. Even though GC's role in reducing SCD birth prevalence is well established, it is still not incorporated into Indian national policy and is unavailable to most Indians approaching their marriageable age and childbirth. GC perception and efficacy have also not been explored yet among young adults, especially in Indian tribal communities...
August 4, 2023: Journal of Community Genetics
Bernadetta Janusz, Joanna Pawelczyk, Barbara Józefik
This article examines how family and couple therapists respond to uneven alliances with their clients at the micro-level of therapeutic exchanges in the context of Interpersonal Process Recall (IPR) interviews. We operationalize uneven alliance with the interactional concept of asymmetry of affiliation. To this end, first, using conversation analysis (CA), we identify episodes of asymmetry of affiliation in the moment-by-moment conversation between the therapist and the client in therapy consultation. Second, applying CA to the IPR interview data, we examine how therapists orient to the episodes of the session in which the asymmetry of affiliation was identified...
July 31, 2023: Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
Lianghao Si, Zhanjun Wang, Xu-Ying Li, Yang Song, Tingyan Yao, Erhe Xu, Xianling Wang, Chaodong Wang
Brain iron accumulation disorders (BIADs) are a group of diseases characterized by iron overload in deep gray matter nuclei, which is a common feature of neurodegenerative diseases. Although genetic factors have been reported to be one of the etiologies, much more details about the genetic background and molecular mechanism of BIADs remain unclear. This study aimed to illustrate the genetic characteristics of BIADs and clarify their molecular mechanisms. A total of 84 patients with BIADs were recruited from April 2018 to October 2022 at Xuanwu Hospital...
July 15, 2023: Neurogenetics
J Scott Crapo, Kay Bradford, Olena Kopystynska, Bryan K Spuhler, Brian J Higginbotham
Relationship education (RE) efforts have been shown to help couples and individuals with a variety of family relationships. However, much still needs to be identified in terms of what factors are salient to outcomes. Drawing on therapeutic models of change, we have identified perceived need for change as one such potential factor. Using data from a couple RE course (n = 447 couples), we assessed how dyadic congruence and average ratings of each partner's need for change were associated with change in three RE outcomes: knowledge, communication, and commitment...
July 14, 2023: Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
Huny Bakry, Reema A Alaiban, Alanood A Alkhyyat, Basma H Alshamrani, Rafal N Naitah, Fatmah Almoayad
Consanguineous marriages are common in Saudi Arabia, increasing the risk of genetic blood disorders in offspring. This pilot study assessed the knowledge and perceived threats regarding genetic blood disorders, norms, and premarital screening for consanguineous marriage among unmarried university students in Saudi Arabia as a predictor of marriage decisions. A cross-sectional study was conducted from 22 January through 22 April 2022. In total, 400 unmarried students at Saudi Arabian universities were recruited using the non-probability convenience sampling technique...
July 3, 2023: Healthcare (Basel, Switzerland)
Mussie Alemayehu, Araya Abrha Medhanyie, Elizabeth Reed, Znabu Hadush Kahsay, Mebrhatu Kalayu, Afework Mulugeta
OBJECTIVES: This study examines the effect of continuum care for maternal health service utilisation on intention to use family planning among the pastoralist community in Ethiopia. DESIGN: A community-based cross-sectional study. SETTING: Data were collected from three districts of the pastoralist community of the Afar region. PARTICIPANTS: Randomly selected 891 married pastoralist women. PRIMARY OUTCOME: Intention to use family planning...
July 12, 2023: BMJ Open
Anthony E Coy, Lindsey M Rodriguez
Despite its popularity, The Five Love Languages relationship self-help book has received little empirical investigation. This may result in a disconnect between clinicians and clients with preconceived notions based on the book. The current research sought to evaluate love languages through the lens of responsiveness by examining if an accurate or biased understanding of partner preferences for different modes of affection were associated with enacted affectionate behavior, the perception of partner behavior, and relationship satisfaction...
July 11, 2023: Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
Christian Heim, Caroline Heim
This global qualitative study adopted a cross-generational approach considering key factors contributing to relationship longevity. Relatively few studies consider factors leading to relationship longevity as articulated by couples themselves, and there is a paucity of research considering young couples' questions regarding relationship longevity. This study has two sample groups. In sample one (n = 137) we asked individuals in relationship of 3-15 years questions they would ask couples in marriages of 40+ years...
July 7, 2023: Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
Grace Ngozi Omeje, Moses Onyemaechi Ede, Kingsley Amadi, Sylvester N Ogbueghu, Ngozi H Chinweuba, Emmanuel Ifeanyi Obeagu, Emmanuel Eze, Anthony Chukwudi Areji, Christian Onuorah Agbo, Francis O Ekwueme
BACKGROUND: Looking at the sociocultural dimension of marriage in the sub-region of Nigeria like Igbo, parents allow their sons and daughters to marry so that they can have homes. The expectation is for them to have permanent homes. If there is anything contrary to that such as divorce, parents usually frown at it. To some extent, the psychological effects of it may be deeply rooted in parents who hear that their children are seeking a divorce. Given this reason, this study investigated the effect of rational emotive family health therapy (REFHT) on burnout and irrational beliefs in parents of couples seeking a divorce...
July 7, 2023: Medicine (Baltimore)
Ashley A King, Jody M Russon
Therapists report significant countertransference reactions when treating clients with eating disorders (EDs). Countertransference may be pronounced among therapists with eating disorder lived experience (EDLE). Minimal research examines how therapists with EDLE negotiate their experiences while treating ED clients. Informed by the person-of-the-therapist philosophy, this study sought to understand how therapists use and manage their EDLE when working with ED clients. Using constructivist grounded theory methodology, semistructured interviews (Mtime  = 89 min) were conducted with 22 therapists with EDLE...
July 5, 2023: Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
Jackson A Smith, Ahad Bandealy, Dillon T Browne
Clinical psychologists and therapists are increasingly taking advantage of internet and mobile-based technologies to deliver mental health services for individuals and groups since the COVID-19 pandemic. However, there is a dearth of research evaluating the appropriateness of virtual platforms for family interventions. Further, no research has examined the effectiveness of weekly emotion-focused family therapy (EFFT). This case study presents a virtually delivered 8-week EFFT intervention, which supported caregivers to manage child symptoms of depression, anxiety, and anger, facilitate emotion processing, and strengthen relationships...
June 27, 2023: Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
Dylann F Lowery, Josh R Novak, Lenore M McWey, Scott A Ketring
Researchers have tested associations between ineffective arguing and emotional distress among couples without relationship violence. Moreover, studies have demonstrated associations between physical violence perpetration and victimization in the aftermath of emotional distress. However, there is a paucity of research examining linkages between ineffective arguing, emotional distress, and physical violence perpetration or victimization. Dyadic data from 231 married, heterosexual couples seeking therapy were used to test a model examining pathways between ineffective arguing and physical violence perpetration and victimization through emotional distress...
June 21, 2023: Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
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