Overview

Experienced researchers and clinicians from a wide variety of theoretical background have come together to give a comprehensive analysis of couples diagnosed with major psychopathology, personality disorders, and social challenges. Bipolar disorder, panic disorder, psychosis, sexual disfunction, physical illness, narcissisistic/borderline diagnoses --these are among the common problems addressed in this text as the contributors tackle the complex task of assessment, offering definitions, interpretations, ...
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The Disordered Couple

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Overview

Experienced researchers and clinicians from a wide variety of theoretical background have come together to give a comprehensive analysis of couples diagnosed with major psychopathology, personality disorders, and social challenges. Bipolar disorder, panic disorder, psychosis, sexual disfunction, physical illness, narcissisistic/borderline diagnoses --these are among the common problems addressed in this text as the contributors tackle the complex task of assessment, offering definitions, interpretations, interventions and instructive case material along the way.

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Editorial Reviews

Mary I. Daly
This book looks at marital dyads where one or both members have a personality disorder or Axis I symptoms. The editors open with a discussion of how individual psychopathology impacts the marital system. Each article looks at diagnostic issues and assessment tools, as well as approaches to treatment. Traditional characterological patterns such as the obsessive-histrionic combination and the narcissistic-dependent pair are covered. Additionally, the book includes a chapter on the religiously disturbed couple, bipolar disorder in the marriage, physical illness, eating disorders, sexual dysfunction, and psychosis in marriage. The purpose is to highlight the role of individual psychopathology in the marital system. The editors argue that clinicians can develop a more effective approach to treatment when they grasp the interplay between individual and systems dynamics in the marital dyad. They introduce the clinician to an effective approach to assessment. The quality of each chapter varies, however, in the way it links individual psychopathology to system dynamics and a specific approach to treatment. The discussion is targeted at family and marital therapists, as well as younger clinicians who are learning assessment and its application to marital therapy. Clinicians who are unfamiliar with DSM-IV diagnostic categories will appreciate the attention to diagnostic criteria, and the discussions of how individual psychopathology contributes to system dynamics. Readers will easily locate diagnostic issues by the chapter headings, and find the clear index helpful as well. Additionally, each chapter includes extensive and up-to-date references. The editors' introductory chapter serves asa helpful Introduction to the purpose and method of each chapter. This book is well organized and useful as a concise and clear reference for common diagnostic issues in marital psychotherapy. Readers will expand their knowledge of DSM-IV diagnostic categories and deepen their ability to understand how these individual problems impact the marital system. The breadth of disorders covered is a significant strength of this text. Some chapters excel in linking assessment to treatment issues and techniques, while others are less specific. Overall, the book is a helpful resource for introducing clinicians to role of individual psychopathology in the marital dyad. Educational programs and supervising clinicians should own a copy.
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Reviewer: Mary I. Daly, PsyD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This book looks at marital dyads where one or both members have a personality disorder or Axis I symptoms. The editors open with a discussion of how individual psychopathology impacts the marital system. Each article looks at diagnostic issues and assessment tools, as well as approaches to treatment. Traditional characterological patterns such as the obsessive-histrionic combination and the narcissistic-dependent pair are covered. Additionally, the book includes a chapter on the religiously disturbed couple, bipolar disorder in the marriage, physical illness, eating disorders, sexual dysfunction, and psychosis in marriage.
Purpose: The purpose is to highlight the role of individual psychopathology in the marital system. The editors argue that clinicians can develop a more effective approach to treatment when they grasp the interplay between individual and systems dynamics in the marital dyad. They introduce the clinician to an effective approach to assessment. The quality of each chapter varies, however, in the way it links individual psychopathology to system dynamics and a specific approach to treatment.
Audience: The discussion is targeted at family and marital therapists, as well as younger clinicians who are learning assessment and its application to marital therapy. Clinicians who are unfamiliar with DSM-IV diagnostic categories will appreciate the attention to diagnostic criteria, and the discussions of how individual psychopathology contributes to system dynamics.
Features: Readers will easily locate diagnostic issues by the chapter headings, and find the clear index helpful as well. Additionally, each chapter includes extensive and up-to-date references. The editors' introductory chapter serves as a helpful Introduction to the purpose and method of each chapter.
Assessment: This book is well organized and useful as a concise and clear reference for common diagnostic issues in marital psychotherapy. Readers will expand their knowledge of DSM-IV diagnostic categories and deepen their ability to understand how these individual problems impact the marital system. The breadth of disorders covered is a significant strength of this text. Some chapters excel in linking assessment to treatment issues and techniques, while others are less specific. Overall, the book is a helpful resource for introducing clinicians to role of individual psychopathology in the marital dyad. Educational programs and supervising clinicians should own a copy.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781134865130
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/17/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 342
  • File size: 2 MB

Table of Contents

Contributors
Preface
Foreword
Ch. 1 Assessment, Diagnosis, and Tailored Treatment 1
Ch. 2 Bipolar Disorder and the Marriage Relationship 13
Ch. 3 Panic Disorder with Agoraphobia: Its Impact on Patients and Their Significant Others 29
Ch. 4 The Psychotic Couple 57
Ch. 5 The Sexually Dysfunctional Couple: Vaginismus and Relationship Enhancement Therapy 83
Ch. 6 Treatment of Couples with Relationship Difficulty: A Cognitive-Behavioral Perspective 97
Ch. 7 The Spiritually or Religiously Disordered Couple 121
Ch. 8 The Eating Disordered Couple 139
Ch. 9 Physical Illness and Married Couples 163
Ch. 10 The Histrionic-Obsessive Couple 187
Ch. 11 The Narcissistic Couple 207
Ch. 12 Treating Narcissistic and Borderline Couples 239
Ch. 13 Narcissistic/Borderline Couples: A Psychodynamic Approach to Conjoint Treatment 259
Ch. 14 Borderline Personality Disorder and Relationship Enhancement Marital Therapy 285
Ch. 15 The Passive-Aggressive Couple 299
Ch. 16 The Dependent/Narcissistic Couple 315
Name Index 333
Subject Index 339
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