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Interpersonal Relationships and HealthSocial and Clinical Psychological Mechanisms$
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Christopher R. Agnew and Susan C. South

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199936632

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199936632.001.0001

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The Couple and Family Discord Model of Depression

The Couple and Family Discord Model of Depression

Updates and Future Directions

(p.133) Chapter 6 The Couple and Family Discord Model of Depression
Interpersonal Relationships and Health

Steven R. H. Beach

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents the couple and family discord model of depression (CFDM), an expanded and updated version of the marital discord model that is relevant to a diverse range of families. The chapter describes the association of depression with problems in marital/romantic relationships and in parenting relationships, and it reviews research on longitudinal studies and clinical intervention as opportunities to test key theoretical propositions. Using recent research on the taxometrics of marital discord, potential guidelines for clinical application are presented. This chapter also expands the CFDM to include consideration of genetic moderation of intervention effects, including “context amplification” in the presence of DRD4 and moderation of treatment effects attributable to variation in the 5HTTLPR. Likewise, the chapter reviews recent data regarding epigenetic modification in response to childhood experiences, and it suggests that this may be an important mechanism for future investigation.

Keywords:   depression, marital discord, parenting, taxometrics, genetic, epigenetic, marital intervention, parenting, CFDM

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