Mental health diagnoses and relationship breakdown: which is the chicken and which the egg?

Peel, Raquel, Caltabiano, Nerina, Buckby, Beryl, and McBain, Kerry (2018) Mental health diagnoses and relationship breakdown: which is the chicken and which the egg? International Journal of Innovation, Creativity and Change, 4 (3). pp. 98-116.

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Clients in therapy are typically diagnosed with mental health difficulties such as anxiety and depression. However, recent statistics show that romantic relationship difficulties are one of the most common reasons for people to seek counselling in the first place. A series of 15 semi-structured interviews with psychologists around Australia revealed that romantic relationship difficulties are under-recognised in the counselling context and sometimes diagnosed and treated as anxiety or depression. Interviews also revealed that most psychologists prefer to use a nonevidenced-based approach in relationship counselling. Consequently, there is a major gap in the literature regarding the effect of romantic relationship breakdown on the mental health of individuals. Further, there are few evidence-based interventions for individual and couples experiencing romantic relationship difficulties. Therefore, it is important that psychologists explore the core issues the client is experiencing that trigger presentation for therapy prior to diagnosis.

Item ID: 56187
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2201-1323
Keywords: romantic relationship difficulties; counselling; therapy; diagnosing; evidenced-based psychological practice; thematic analysis
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A version of this publication was included in the following PhD thesis: Peel, Raquel (2020) Relationship sabotage: an attachment and goal-orientation perspective on seeking love yet failing to maintain romantic relationships. PhD thesis, James Cook University, which is available Open Access in ResearchOnline@JCU. Please see the Related URLs for access.

Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2018 22:48
FoR Codes: 52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5203 Clinical and health psychology > 520304 Health psychology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9299 Other Health > 929999 Health not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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