Classification in Couples and Families
Assessment in Couples and Families; Diagnosis
The relevance of intimate partner and family relationships for overall well-being, mental health, and physical health has been established with numerous studies (e.g., Lissau and Sorensen 1994; Smith et al. 2012; Gouin et al. 2010; Whisman 2007). Early research documented the effects of emotional neglect and attachment processes on children’s development (e.g., Beckett et al. 2006; Manly et al. 2001) and the link between intimate partner relationship distress and mental health (e.g., Hammen 1991; Whisman 2001). More recent studies have documented some of the biological and behavioral mechanisms through which family relationships and maltreatment can impact lifelong health (e.g., Boeck et al. 2017; Kiecolt-Glaser and Wilson 2017; Thomas et al. 2008). Based on this accumulated literature and the prevalence of these problems, family problems and family maltreatment are considered important public health problems.
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