Validation of a new assessment of hostile attribution bias in romantic relationships: The Hostile Attributions in Romantic Relationships Test
AbstractWhile hostile attributional bias (a tendency to interpret others' behaviors as intentionally hostile) is associated with negative outcomes in romantic relationships, no measure has been developed specifically for this context. Here, we describe the development and validation of a self-report questionnaire across three studies, named Hostile Attribution in Romantic Relationships Test. Study 1 introduces the development and preliminary validation (N = 152). Study 2 tests the validity and test–retest stability of the modified version revised based on findings in Study 1 (N = 151). Study 3 reports the transla...
Source: Journal of Marital and Family Therapy - February 16, 2024 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Danyang Li, Benjamin Coker, Angela C. Rowe Tags: ORIGINAL ARTICLE Source Type: research

Assessing family relations in borderline personality disorder: A relational approach
AbstractThe aims of the current study are to describe the basic family relationships, parental bonding patterns, and dyadic adjustment of families with offspring diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD)  and to explore the correlations between these variables related to family relations and BPD symptomatology. The sample consisted of 194 participants, including parents from the control (N = 76) and clinical group (N = 76), and patients with BPD (N = 42). All progenitors completed a measure of family relations, parental bonding, and dyadic adjustment. Patients completed a measure of parental bondin...
Source: Journal of Marital and Family Therapy - February 15, 2024 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Mariona Roca, Anna Vilaregut, Teresa Pretel ‐Luque, Natàlia Calvo, Álvaro Frías, Marc Ferrer Tags: ORIGINAL ARTICLE Source Type: research

Flourishing Love: A secular guide to lasting intimate relationships By Gnaulati, Enrico, Biecester; United Kingdom: Karnac Books. 2024. pp. 225. $19.95. ISBN: 13: 978 ‐1‐80013‐208‐5
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Source: Journal of Marital and Family Therapy - February 9, 2024 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: McKenna Walsh Tags: BOOK REVIEW Source Type: research

Problem resolution scale: A single ‐item instrument for easily assessing clinical improvement
This study describes the development and tests the validity of the Problem Resolution Scale (PRS) —a single-item measure developed by researchers at Systemic Practice Research Network (SYPRENE) for assessing the degree to which the focal problem of therapy is perceived as resolved. Data were collected at termination from 747 clients seen across 18 therapists. Results suggested good construct v alidity, supported by a strong correlation between client and therapist perceptions as assessed by the PRS (r = 0.71,p <  0.001). Good criterion validity was also supported by strong correlations between client-reported ...
Source: Journal of Marital and Family Therapy - February 8, 2024 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Gr égoire Vitry, Rytis Pakrosnis, Jeffrey B. Jackson, Emmanuelle Gallin, Michael F. Hoyt Tags: ORIGINAL ARTICLE Source Type: research

Resilient relationships: Techniques for surviving hyper ‐individualism, social isolation, and a mental health crisis By C. Heim, C. Heim, New York, London: Routledge. 2023. 280 pages. US$42.95 (paperback). ISBN: 978‐1‐032‐20391‐1
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Source: Journal of Marital and Family Therapy - January 29, 2024 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tolulope Joaquim Tags: BOOK REVIEW Source Type: research

Attachment as an intermediary variable between childhood maltreatment and perceived partner responsiveness in adolescents and young adults
We examined whether CCM is related to PPR via attachment in French-speaking adolescents and young adults. A sample of 427 individuals in a romantic relationship and another sample of 159 couples completed self-report measures. In both samples, a person's CCM was associated with their own lower PPR via their higher attachment anxiety and avo idance. In the dyadic sample, a person's CCM was associated with their partner's lower PPR via their own higher attachment anxiety. Attachment insecurities help understand the associations between CCM and PPR and may represent an important intervention target. (Source: Journal of Marita...
Source: Journal of Marital and Family Therapy - January 16, 2024 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Carolyne Gosselin, Marie ‐Ève Daspe, Audrey Brassard, Yvan Lussier, Marie‐Pier Vaillancourt‐Morel Tags: ORIGINAL ARTICLE Source Type: research

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Source: Journal of Marital and Family Therapy - January 15, 2024 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Tags: ISSUE INFORMATION Source Type: research

Racial trauma: Clinical strategies and techniques for healing invisible wounds By Kenneth V. Hardy, New York, NY: W.W. Norton & Company, Inc. 2023. pp. 480. $36.99. ISBN: 978-1-324-03043-0
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Source: Journal of Marital and Family Therapy - December 21, 2023 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Doneila McIntosh Tags: BOOK REVIEW Source Type: research

Mindfulness, awareness, partner caring, and romantic relationship quality: Structural equation modeling
AbstractStudies investigating the potential structures underlying the connection between mindfulness and romantic relationship quality are not sufficient and require additional empirical findings. The current study aimed to examine a hypothesized model underlying the association between mindfulness and relationship quality, while investigating the roles of individuals' level of awareness and application of care in a romantic relationship among 199 adult participants in a southeastern region of the United States. Structural equation modeling (SEM) and path analysis were executed to examine the hypothesized structural model,...
Source: Journal of Marital and Family Therapy - December 21, 2023 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Cheolwoo Park, Victor W. Harris, Kate Fogarty Tags: ORIGINAL ARTICLE Source Type: research

An attachment perspective on couple interaction: Helping couples signal needs clearly and respond appropriately
AbstractAttachment theory provides some important insights into couple relationships, including highlighting the importance of communicating one's needs clearly while also having a partner who  is properly attuned and appropriately responsive to those needs. The purpose of this study was to provide an initial empirical examination of the signal-response dynamic. More specifically, we used data from 63 couples to examine the efficacy (in terms of psychophysiological arousal and feelings t oward their partner) of a micro-intervention designed to help couples improve their signaling and responding when compared to a seminat...
Source: Journal of Marital and Family Therapy - December 12, 2023 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Ryan B. Seedall, Karen S. Wampler Tags: ORIGINAL ARTICLE Source Type: research

Is the association of sexual quality with relationship satisfaction really stronger when the sexual relationship is functioning poorly?
AbstractThe purpose of this article is to bring empirical evidence to the oft-quoted assumption that sexual quality has a stronger association with the overall relationship when sexuality is dysfunctional as compared to when it is optimal. Using three national samples to analyze a structural equation model, the results verified this assumption with some adaptations. There was an interaction between the association of sexual quality and the overall relationship depending on how sexually satisfied couples were in the sexuality area. However, it was when sexuality was only moderately satisfying rather than at high or low leve...
Source: Journal of Marital and Family Therapy - December 4, 2023 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Dean M. Busby, Nathan D. Leonhardt, Veronica Hanna ‐Walker, Chelom E. Leavitt Tags: ORIGINAL ARTICLE Source Type: research

The association between caregiver psychiatric distress and perceived barriers to behavioral health treatment participation for youth in the juvenile legal system
AbstractYouth in the juvenile legal system  (JLS) evidence high rates of behavioral health concerns but struggle to access services. Given that caregivers are often tasked with helping their child to initiate and persist with services, it seems important to understand how their own well-being impacts their experiences of barriers to treatme nt participation for their child. The present study examined the link between caregiver (N = 196; 89% female) psychiatric concerns and experiences of treatment barriers among a sample of youth involved in the JLS. A cluster analysis revealed a cluster of caregivers with clinically ...
Source: Journal of Marital and Family Therapy - November 21, 2023 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Kaitlin M. Sheerin, Shannon Williamson ‐Butler, Alyssa Vieira, Miyah Grant, Kathleen A. Kemp Tags: ORIGINAL ARTICLE Source Type: research

Exploring the effectiveness of emotionally focused therapy for depressive symptoms and relationship distress among couples in Taiwan: A single ‐arm pragmatic trial
AbstractThis is the first study to explore the effectiveness of emotionally focused couple therapy (EFT) for depressive symptoms and relationship distress among couples in Taiwan. This one-arm pragmatic trial assessed the clinical outcomes of 17 couples using multilevel modeling to investigate changes in depressive symptoms and relationship distress throughout treatment. Over half of the participants were moderately depressed and moderately distressed at baseline. Multilevel models revealed decreased depressive symptoms over time, with a small increase toward  the end of treatment. However, no significant changes were obs...
Source: Journal of Marital and Family Therapy - November 14, 2023 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Chi ‐Fang Tseng, Andrea K. Wittenborn, Preston C. Morgan, Ting Liu Tags: ORIGINAL ARTICLE Source Type: research

No Bad Parts: Healing trauma and restoring wholeness with the internal family systems model By R. C. Schwartz, Boulder, CO: Sounds True. 2021. pp. 199.
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Source: Journal of Marital and Family Therapy - October 31, 2023 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Jeffrey Kraft Tags: BOOK REVIEW Source Type: research

Development and psychometric properties of the Couple Interaction Pattern Scale
This study developed the Couple Interaction Pattern Scale (CIPS) based on the interpersonal theory, comprising five subscales: friendly complementary (FC), hostile complementary (HC), mutual hostile-dominant (MHD), friendly-dominant eliciting hostile-submissive (FDHS), and hostile-dominant eliciting friendly-submissive (HDFS). The psychometric properties of the CIPS were examined through three independent studies. Study one conducted item reduction and preliminary analysis using a sample of 662 married individuals, with an additional 80 married individuals for test –retest reliability assessment. Study two validated the ...
Source: Journal of Marital and Family Therapy - October 28, 2023 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Xiaoyi Fang, Ziyuan Chen, Wei Tong, Caixin Gao, Hongyu Zhang, Qingyin Li Tags: ORIGINAL ARTICLE Source Type: research