Using a dyadic design, we examined associations between adult attachment and relational ethics in a sample of 69 mixedgender
couples seeking therapy at a university clinic. Results showed significant variance between couples’ reports of
relational ethics, explained by male partners’ attachment avoidance and anxiety styles. Overall, when attachment anxiety
was high, partners themselves experienced greater relational ethics, but the other partner experienced lesser relational ethics.
Contextual therapy posits that a truly comprehensive grasp of human existence is composed of individual and relational
realities. The Relational Ethics Scale (RES) is the only validated instrument to measure relational ethics, one of the relational
realities’ four dimensions, which was theorized by Boszormenyi-Nagy. The RES measures people’s perception about
constructs of loyalty, entitlement, trust and justice in their family of origin and in their current and significant relationships.
I was an “ordinary” housewife, tending our home and newborn son. My husband, David, was a dentist in the Air Force, learning to salute. Our son lightened our lives, watching him take his fi rst steps, seeing him grow. Fast-forward ten years: a house of our own, five children and two dogs. I felt my world shrinking even as it seemed to be expanding. I “ran away from home” to see what else was out there. Fair housing and civil rights movements were born…and I began to hatch.
Using a cross-sectional, phenomenological design, this qualitative study sought to explore Iraqi refugees' experiences of family relationships resettled in a northeastern city in the United States after the start of the 2003 war. Participants' experience of family relationships was situated within the context of their displacement, which included fear and uncertainty during displacement, and experiences of safety and isolation during resettlement.