Couple and family interventions for depressive and bipolar disorders: Evidence base update (2010–2019)

Andrea K. Wittenborn, Sarah B. Woods, Jacob B. Priest, Preston C. Morgan, Chi Fang Tseng, Patricia Huerta, Caitlin Edwards

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Abstract

This article systematically reviews the evidence base for couple and family interventions for depressive and bipolar disorders published from 2010 to 2019. Included in the review were intervention studies on depression for couples (n = 6), depression for families (n = 13), and bipolar for families (n = 5); zero studies on couple interventions for bipolar were located. Well-established interventions include cognitive and/or behavioral couple and family interventions for depression and psychoeducational family interventions for bipolar. Attachment-based couple and family interventions for depression are probably efficacious. Finally, family psychoeducation for depression is possibly efficacious, and integrative couple interventions and family play-based interventions for depression are experimental. Couple and family interventions also improved relationship dynamics, which is noteworthy since poor relationships are associated with non-remission, relapse, and recurrence of depressive and bipolar symptoms. Future research is needed on couple interventions for bipolar disorders and interventions for minoritized populations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)129-153
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of Marital and Family Therapy
Volume48
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science

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