The Psychology of Couples and Illness: Theory, Research, and Practice
The true meaning of staying together "in sickness and in health" cannot be fully appreciated until illness strikes. This book chronicles the often brave and sometimes painful ways that couples adapt and cope when long-term illness arrives. From a cognitive–behavioral perspective, contributors explore how illness affects relationships and, in turn, how the quality of relationships affect coping behaviors and treatment outcomes.
This is the first book in the emerging field of the psychology of couples to focus solely on couples and illness, instead of the larger family unit. It details the associations between intimate relationships and illness across a wide variety of illnesses (e.g., cancer, HIV), physical trials (e.g., chronic pain and fertility issues), and health-related behaviors (e.g., smoking and alcohol use). The book brings together the most recent empirical data from psychologists who study and work with couples, exploring the biological, neurological, and immunological impacts of the couple relationship. The authors of each chapter also present insights into treatment approaches that address specific disease challenges as well as the maladaptive behavior of either partner.