Table of Contents Author Guidelines Submit a Manuscript
Gastroenterology Research and Practice
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 157340, 5 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/157340
Review Article

The Importance of Relationships in Patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome: A Review

1New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, 80 Central Park West, Suite C, New York, NY 10023, USA
2Division of Gastroenterology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, 80 Central Park West, Suite B, New York, NY 10023, USA

Received 20 September 2011; Accepted 17 October 2011

Academic Editor: Ami D. Sperber

Copyright © 2012 Mary-Joan Gerson and Charles D. Gerson. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Linked References

  1. J. K. Kiecolt-Glaser and T. L. Newton, “Marriage and health: his and hers,” Psychological Bulletin, vol. 127, no. 4, pp. 472–503, 2001. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar · View at Scopus
  2. A. J. Zautra, J. M. Hoffman, K. S. Matt et al., “An examination of individual differences in the relationship between interpersonal stress and disease activity among women with rheumatoid arthritis,” Arthritis Care and Research, vol. 11, no. 4, pp. 271–279, 1998. View at Google Scholar · View at Scopus
  3. J. H. Hibbard and C. R. Pope, “The quality of social roles as predictors of morbidity and mortality,” Social Science and Medicine, vol. 36, no. 3, pp. 217–225, 1993. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar · View at Scopus
  4. S. E. Cross and L. Madson, “Models of the self: self-construals and gender,” Psychological Bulletin, vol. 122, no. 1, pp. 5–37, 1997. View at Google Scholar · View at Scopus
  5. S. R. H. Beach, F. D. Fincham, and J. Katz, “Marital therapy in the treatment of depression: toward a third generation of therapy and research,” Clinical Psychology Review, vol. 18, no. 6, pp. 635–661, 1998. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar · View at Scopus
  6. B. H. Brummett, J. C. Barefoot, J. R. Feaganes et al., “Hostility in marital dyads: associations with depressive symptoms,” Journal of Behavioral Medicine, vol. 23, no. 1, pp. 95–105, 2000. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar · View at Scopus
  7. H. Flor, C. Breitenstein, N. Birbaumer, and M. Furst, “A psychophysiological analysis of spouse solicitousness towards pain behaviors, spouse interaction, and pain perception,” Behavior Therapy, vol. 26, no. 2, pp. 255–272, 1995. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar · View at Scopus
  8. F. J. Keefe, D. S. Caldwell, D. Baucom et al., “Spouse-assisted coping skills training in the management of knee pain in osteoarthritis: long-term follow-up results,” Arthritis Care and Research, vol. 12, no. 2, pp. 101–111, 1999. View at Google Scholar · View at Scopus
  9. G. R. Pierce, I. G. Sarason, and B. R. Sarason, “General and relationship-based perceptions of social support: are two constructs better than one?” Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, vol. 61, no. 6, pp. 1028–1039, 1991. View at Google Scholar · View at Scopus
  10. M. J. Gerson, C. D. Gerson, R. A. Awad et al., “An international study of irritable bowel syndrome: family relationships and mind-body attributions,” Social Science and Medicine, vol. 62, no. 11, pp. 2838–2847, 2006. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar · View at Scopus
  11. A. Bensoussan, N. J. Talley, M. Hing, R. Menzies, A. Guo, and M. Ngu, “Treatment of irritable bowel syndrome with Chinese herbal medicine: a randomized controlled trial,” Journal of the American Medical Association, vol. 280, no. 18, pp. 1585–1589, 1998. View at Google Scholar · View at Scopus
  12. C. D. Gerson, J. Gerson, and M.-J. Gerson, “Group hypnotherapy for irritable bowel syndrome with long-term follow-up,” International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnotherapy. In press.
  13. P. J. Whorwell, A. Prior, and E. B. Faragher, “Controlled trial of hypnotherapy in the treatment of severe refractory irritable-bowel syndrome,” The Lancet, vol. 2, no. 8414, pp. 1232–1234, 1984. View at Google Scholar · View at Scopus
  14. O. S. Palsson, “Standardized hypnosis treatment for irritable bowel syndrome: the North Carolina protocol,” International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, vol. 54, no. 1, pp. 51–64, 2006. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar · View at Scopus
  15. C. Y. Francis, J. Morris, and P. J. Whorwell, “The irritable bowel severity scoring system: a simple method of monitoring irritable bowel syndrome and its progress,” Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics, vol. 11, no. 2, pp. 395–402, 1997. View at Google Scholar · View at Scopus
  16. R. K. Wong, D. A. Drossman, C. B. Morris et al., “Irritable bowel syndrome causes increased partner burden: a comparative study,” Gastroenterology, vol. 140, no. 5, supplement 1, pp. S463–S464, 2011. View at Google Scholar
  17. D. B. Silk, “Impact of irritable bowel syndrome on personal relationships and working practices,” European Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, vol. 13, no. 11, pp. 1327–1332, 2001. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar · View at Scopus
  18. S. Becker-Dreps, D. Morgan, R. Peña, L. Cortes, C. F. Martin, and E. Valladares, “Association between intimate partner violence and irritable bowel syndrome: a population-based study in Nicaragua,” Violence Against Women, vol. 16, no. 7, pp. 832–845, 2010. View at Google Scholar
  19. N. J. Talley, S. L. Fett, and A. R. Zinsmeister, “Self-reported abuse and gastrointestinal disease in outpatients: association with irritable bowel-type symptoms,” American Journal of Gastroenterology, vol. 90, no. 3, pp. 366–371, 1995. View at Google Scholar · View at Scopus
  20. J. Leserman, D. A. Drossman, and Z. Li, “The relationship of abuse history with health status and health care use in a referral GI clinic,” Gastroenterology, vol. 104, Article ID A541, 1993. View at Google Scholar
  21. R. L. Levy, K. R. Jones, W. E. Whitehead, S. I. Feld, N. J. Talley, and L. A. Corey, “Irritable bowel syndrome in twins: heredity and social learning both contribute to etiology,” Gastroenterology, vol. 121, no. 4, pp. 799–804, 2001. View at Google Scholar · View at Scopus
  22. R. L. Levy, W. E. Whitehead, L. S. Walker et al., “Increased somatic complaints and health-care utilization in children: effects of parent IBS status and parent response to gastrointestinal symptoms,” American Journal of Gastroenterology, vol. 99, no. 12, pp. 2442–2451, 2004. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar · View at Scopus
  23. M. P. Jones, S. Wessinger, and M. D. Crowell, “Coping strategies and interpersonal support in patients with irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease,” Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, vol. 4, no. 4, pp. 474–481, 2006. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar · View at Scopus
  24. R. Martin, G. M. Davis, R. S. Baron, J. Suls, and E. B. Blanchard, “Specificity in social support: perceptions of helpful and unhelpful provider behaviors among irritable bowel syndrome, headache, and cancer patients,” Health Psychology, vol. 13, no. 5, pp. 432–439, 1994. View at Google Scholar · View at Scopus
  25. C. D. Gerson and M. J. Gerson, “A collaborative health care model for the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome,” Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, vol. 1, no. 6, pp. 446–452, 2003. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar · View at Scopus
  26. B. Greene and E. B. Blanchard, “Cognitive therapy for irritable bowel syndrome,” Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, vol. 62, no. 3, pp. 576–582, 1994. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar · View at Scopus
  27. M. J. Gerson and C. D. Gerson, “A collaborative family-systemic approach to treating chronic illness: irritable bowel syndrome as exemplar,” Contemporary Family Therapy, vol. 27, no. 1, pp. 37–49, 2005. View at Publisher · View at Google Scholar · View at Scopus