Marital and Family Processes in Depression: A Scientific Foundation for Clinical Practice
How should we modify, eliminate, or expand various aspects of marital and family therapy for depression? Can we help relieve or prevent episodes of depression by helping clients develop stronger relationships? Research over the past two decades has revealed a robust reciprocal relationship between depression and marital dissatisfaction, but only recently have researchers been able to tease out the most clinically useful and coherent patterns in the data depicting this relationship.
In this volume, leading scholars cross traditional disciplinary boundaries to synthesize the data and present original research drawing theoretical guidance from developmental psychopathology, social psychology, personality psychology, and descriptive psychopathology as well as from clinical research and practice. Among the themes explored are the recurrent nature of depression, bi-directional effects between family processes and depressive symptoms, and the effect of violent partners. Also explored are individual, couple, and cultural differences among depressed patients and the need to tailor couples therapy to better fit these differences. The conclusions imply fundamental shifts in the way we frame questions about families and pathology, conduct research, and attempt to intervene therapeutically in the lives of depressed patients.