Couple and family interventions for high mortality health conditions: A strategic review (2010–2019)

Angela L. Lamson, Jennifer L. Hodgson, Keeley J. Pratt, Tai J. Mendenhall, Alison G. Wong, Erin M. Sesemann, Braden J. Brown, Erika S. Taylor, Jacqueline M. Williams-Reade, Daniel J. Blocker, Jennifer Harsh Caspari, Max Zubatsky, Matthew P. Martin

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The earliest publications in the field of marriage and family therapy introduced interventions conducted with families experiencing complex health conditions. This strategic review captures an evaluation of efficacy for 87 couple and family interventions published between 2010 and 2019 with a focus on the leading causes of mortality in the United States. These health conditions include chromosomal anomalies and accidents with infants aged 0–4 years; accidents and cancer among children aged 5–14; accidents among adolescents aged 15–24; and heart disease, cancer, accidents, chronic lower respiratory diseases, stroke, Alzheimer's disease, diabetes, influenza/pneumonia, and nephritis/nephrosis among adults 25 and older. Results support the need for greater inclusion of couples and families in assessments and interventions. The greatest chasm in efficacy research was with minoritized couples and families. Implications include ways to initiate couple and family interventions in the context of health conditions with attention given to accessibility, recruitment, retention, and evaluation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)307-345
Number of pages39
JournalJournal of marital and family therapy
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2022

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