Families, Family Interaction
and Health
James C. Coyne, Ph.D.
Health Psychology Section, University Medical
Center,
Gronin...
Lessons Learned:
Reflections on the
Demise of the
Psychosomatic Family
Model
Minuchin, S., Rosman, B.L.,
Baker, L.: Psychosomatic
Families: Anorexia Nervosa
in Context. Cambridge, MA:
Harvard Univers...
Minuchin al. (1978)
“In our research we have been able to
document the power of family rules by
measuring their effect on ...
Minuchin al. (1978)
“The physiological measurement
showed the presence of the child
decreased the parent's emotional
arous...
Coyne, J.C. & Anderson, B.A.: The
"psychosomatic family" reconsidered:
Diabetes in context. Journal of Marital
and Family ...
Coyne and Anderson’s
Critique
Free fatty acid levels do not change under
experimental stress conditions for non-
diabetic ...
Coyne and Anderson’s
Critique
Ignored important individual differences
in insulin resistance and blamed patients
and famil...
Coyne and Anderson’s
Critique
Distracted clinicians from highly
effective interventions that did not
address alleged role ...
Lessons Learned
Beware of Strong Claims Based on Small
Samples and Overanalyzed Data
Beware of Intermediate Endpoints Bein...
Yang, H. C. and T. A. Schuler (2009).
Marital Quality and Survivorship:
Slowed Recovery for Breast Cancer
Patients in Dist...
Coyne, J. C. (2010). Marital quality and
survivorship: Slowed recovery for
breast cancer patients in distressed
relationsh...
Weihs, K. L., T. M. Enright, et al.
(2008). Close relationships and
emotional processing predict
decreased mortality in wo...
Coyne, J. C., & Thombs, B. D. (2008).
Was it shown that “Close relationships
and emotional processing predict
decreased mo...
Coyne, J.C., Rohrbaugh, M.J.,
Shoham, V., Sonnega, J.S.,
Nicklas, J.M., & Cranford, J.A.:
Prognostic importance of marital...
A composite measure of
marital quality predicted 4-
year survival as well as the
severity of illness did (both p
<0.001). ...
Survival By Marital Quality (MAR)
Plausible Explanation
Rule this out before speculating
about direct links between family
interaction and death.
Adherence ...
Konski, A., et al., Continuing Evidence forKonski, A., et al., Continuing Evidence for
Poorer Treatment Outcomes for Singl...
Konski, A et al. The disadvantage of men
living alone participating in Radiation
Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG) head and
ne...
Obviously, we can not expect to modify
partner status of men with prostate cancer in
an effort to improve their survival. ...
Be careful of the assumptions
used to fill explanatory gaps.
Ask simple questions because
the complicated ones will be too...
Death is not Everything
At some point, we have to ask whether gains in
survival continue to be clinically relevant.
Recent...
Should We Attempt More Studies With
Early Breast Cancer Patients?
In the U.S the 5-year survival rate for women with local...
Work from
Other
Investigator
Groups
Kiecolt-Glaser JK, Loving TJ,Kiecolt-Glaser JK, Loving TJ,
Stowell JR, et al. Hostile maritalStowell JR, et al. Hostile ma...
Conclusions
Seduction of death: to pursue it as an
outcome may distract us from demonstrable
contributions to improving ad...
Coyne, JC, Are most positive
findings in health psychology
false.... or at least somewhat
exaggerated? European Health
Psy...
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    1. 1. Families, Family Interaction and Health James C. Coyne, Ph.D. Health Psychology Section, University Medical Center, Groningen, the Netherlands jcoynester@gmail.com
    2. 2. Lessons Learned: Reflections on the Demise of the Psychosomatic Family Model
    3. 3. Minuchin, S., Rosman, B.L., Baker, L.: Psychosomatic Families: Anorexia Nervosa in Context. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press (1978).
    4. 4. Minuchin al. (1978) “In our research we have been able to document the power of family rules by measuring their effect on the FFA in the bloodstream of the diabetic. The soft data of transactional patterns have been given scientific confirmation.” "The physiological evidence also supported the hypothesis that the psychosomatic symptom plays a role in family homeostasis."
    5. 5. Minuchin al. (1978) “The physiological measurement showed the presence of the child decreased the parent's emotional arousal, at the cost of a continued rise in the child's arousal, propelling him toward disease. The sustained arousal of FFA during the recovery period attested to the maintenance of the pattern in the face of unresolved family conflict.”
    6. 6. Coyne, J.C. & Anderson, B.A.: The "psychosomatic family" reconsidered: Diabetes in context. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 14, 113-124 (1988). Coyne, J.C. & Anderson, B.A.: The "psychosomatic family" II: Recalling a defective model and looking ahead. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 15, 139-148 (1989).
    7. 7. Coyne and Anderson’s Critique Free fatty acid levels do not change under experimental stress conditions for non- diabetic individuals, raising questions about the validity of free fatty acid as a measure of stress. Unusual and ill-defined sample of "psychosomatic diabetic" children diagnosed by a pediatrician, "who indicated that there was no organic or physiological reasons for the difficulty of medical management.”
    8. 8. Coyne and Anderson’s Critique Ignored important individual differences in insulin resistance and blamed patients and families when adherence to usual regimen proves insufficient for metabolic control. Ignored role of nonadherence, including deliberate self-destructive and attention- seeking acts of a very small minority of patients.
    9. 9. Coyne and Anderson’s Critique Distracted clinicians from highly effective interventions that did not address alleged role that symptoms played in families of adolescents with diabetes experiencing difficulty in metabolic control.
    10. 10. Lessons Learned Beware of Strong Claims Based on Small Samples and Overanalyzed Data Beware of Intermediate Endpoints Being Accepted in Place of Clinical Outcomes Beware of Speculations About ‘Direct Physiological Links’ That Do Not Rule Out Obvious Biomedical Confounds Beware of Speculations About ‘Direct Physiological Links’ That Do Not Rule Out Obvious Behavioral Links (Adherence)
    11. 11. Yang, H. C. and T. A. Schuler (2009). Marital Quality and Survivorship: Slowed Recovery for Breast Cancer Patients in Distressed Relationships. Cancer 115(1): 217-228. Marital distress is not only associated with worse psychological outcomes for breast cancer survivors, but poorer health and a steeper decline in physical activity. These novel data demonstrate recovery trajectories for breast cancer survivors to be constrained for those also coping with ongoing difficulties in their marriage.
    12. 12. Coyne, J. C. (2010). Marital quality and survivorship: Slowed recovery for breast cancer patients in distressed relationships: Marital distress and the health of breast cancer patients. Cancer, 116(4), 1009-1009 Yang and Schuler selected data from a larger study in which marital distress had no effect on progression. Authors declined to respond to this criticism.
    13. 13. Weihs, K. L., T. M. Enright, et al. (2008). Close relationships and emotional processing predict decreased mortality in women with breast cancer: Preliminary evidence. Psychosomatic Medicine 70(1): 117- 124. Twenty-one subjects developed recurrent disease and 16 died during an 8-year follow-up. Decreased mortality was predicted by confiding marriage and number of dependable, nonhousehold supports. Acceptance of emotion, after controlling for emotional distress, also predicted decreased mortality.
    14. 14. Coyne, J. C., & Thombs, B. D. (2008). Was it shown that “Close relationships and emotional processing predict decreased mortality in women with breast cancer?” a critique of Weihs et al.(2008). Psychosomatic medicine, 70(6), 737-738. Weihs’ nappropriate statistical analysis yielded results that are highly likely to be spurious. Fails to pass common sense test.
    15. 15. Coyne, J.C., Rohrbaugh, M.J., Shoham, V., Sonnega, J.S., Nicklas, J.M., & Cranford, J.A.: Prognostic importance of marital quality for survival of congestive heart failure. American Journal of Cardiology, 88, 526-529 (2001).
    16. 16. A composite measure of marital quality predicted 4- year survival as well as the severity of illness did (both p <0.001). Adjusting for CHF severity did not diminish the prognostic significance of marital functioning, and prediction of survival from marital quality appeared stronger.
    17. 17. Survival By Marital Quality (MAR)
    18. 18. Plausible Explanation Rule this out before speculating about direct links between family interaction and death. Adherence to complex regimen, including dietary restrictions, medication, and exercise may benefit greatly from well-organized family and engaged, efficacious spouse.
    19. 19. Konski, A., et al., Continuing Evidence forKonski, A., et al., Continuing Evidence for Poorer Treatment Outcomes for Single MalePoorer Treatment Outcomes for Single Male Patients: Re-treatment Data from RTOG 97-Patients: Re-treatment Data from RTOG 97- 14.14. I J of Radiation Oncology, Biology, PhysicsI J of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics 66(1) 229-233; 2006.66(1) 229-233; 2006. Married men and women and singleMarried men and women and single women receiving 30 Gy had significantlywomen receiving 30 Gy had significantly longer time to re-treatment, p = 0.0067, plonger time to re-treatment, p = 0.0067, p = 0.0052, and p = 0.0009 respectively. We= 0.0052, and p = 0.0009 respectively. We failed to show a difference in re-failed to show a difference in re- treatment rates over time in single mentreatment rates over time in single men receiving either 30 Gy or 8 Gy.receiving either 30 Gy or 8 Gy.
    20. 20. Konski, A et al. The disadvantage of men living alone participating in Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG) head and neck trials. J Clin Oncol 24: 4177-4183, 2006 This study evaluated whether males withoutThis study evaluated whether males without partners were disadvantaged for survival inpartners were disadvantaged for survival in Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG)Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG) head and neck cancer clinical trials.head and neck cancer clinical trials. The apparent disadvantage of unpartneredThe apparent disadvantage of unpartnered men is striking, even after controlling formen is striking, even after controlling for disease and other demographic variables.disease and other demographic variables. Disadvantage held for treatment interruption,Disadvantage held for treatment interruption, local progression and death.local progression and death.
    21. 21. Obviously, we can not expect to modify partner status of men with prostate cancer in an effort to improve their survival. Rather, intervention development might benefit from a better understanding how having a partner is related to access, processs, and outcome of cancer care, and how these benefits could be otherwise obtained in the unpartnered men. Hypotheses range from adherence, symptom management, and timely and effective response to emergent medical problems, to the more general provision of social support and structure to everyday life.
    22. 22. Be careful of the assumptions used to fill explanatory gaps. Ask simple questions because the complicated ones will be too difficult to answer, and, even worse, too fascinating to give up seeking.
    23. 23. Death is not Everything At some point, we have to ask whether gains in survival continue to be clinically relevant. Recent trials have required randomization of as many as 14,000 patients to be able to demonstrate that a new drug or device is able to improve survival significantly over current treatment. Because of improvements in medical treatment of cardiovascular disease, cardiology itself is beginning to focus on outcomes other than mortality. Lesperance & Frasure-
    24. 24. Should We Attempt More Studies With Early Breast Cancer Patients? In the U.S the 5-year survival rate for women with localized breast cancer is now 99% (American Cancer Society, 2007). This high rate of survival makes it difficult to demonstrate that any additional treatment would yield a clinically significant improvement. An integration of 28 trials of with 16,513 women of whom 3782 had died concluded that both tamoxifen and cytotoxic chemotherapy reduce five year mortality (Early Breast Cancer Trialist’s Collaborative Group, 1988). Yet, when trials were considered individually, only a single trial had an effect significant at p <.01.
    25. 25. Work from Other Investigator Groups
    26. 26. Kiecolt-Glaser JK, Loving TJ,Kiecolt-Glaser JK, Loving TJ, Stowell JR, et al. Hostile maritalStowell JR, et al. Hostile marital interactions, proinflammatoryinteractions, proinflammatory cytokine production and woundcytokine production and wound healinghealing.. Archives of GeneralArchives of General Psychiatry 62 (12): 1377-1384Psychiatry 62 (12): 1377-1384 2005.2005.
    27. 27. Conclusions Seduction of death: to pursue it as an outcome may distract us from demonstrable contributions to improving adherence and quality of life for patient and family. Should not distract us from readily testable hypotheses about behavioral links via adherence to regimen or access to care. Claims about direct links to disease processes or to death that ultimately do not hold up are damaging to overall credibility of field.
    28. 28. Coyne, JC, Are most positive findings in health psychology false.... or at least somewhat exaggerated? European Health Psychologist, in press. Problems with a “discovery process” that relies on unplanned findings from an underpowered study crossing the threshold of p < .05 significance.
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