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JUNE 24 - 26, 2021 / WORLDWIDE




SEGMENT 1: 9.00 - 10.00


KEYNOTE: Dealing with Loss During Covid-19: Integrating Interpersonal Theories of Couple Adaptation and Functioning 

with Gery Karantzas

Drawing on my recent work with leading relationship scholars, attachment researchers and clinicians in which we tackle issues of loss, disconnection, and isolation within the context of the COVID-19 pandemic (to be published in early 2022 in Current Opinion in Psychology), I outline what are some of the key factors in terms of enduring vulnerabilities, stressors and couple strengths that impact on whether relationships have struggled during the COVID-19 pandemic, and those that have weathered the storm. We draw on our cross-sectional and longitudinal work (which includes a collaboration with 28 countries) to identify key drivers of relationship satisfaction and dissatisfaction and draw on how issues of disconnection, mistrust/abuse, and emotional withdrawal – which are central schema therapy play out in relationship dynamics. My extensive work on adult attachment means that much of what is discussed is contextualised around this grand theory of psychology, which is indeed a foundational meta-theoretical framework upon which schema therapy draws upon.


Kind regards,

Gery Karantzas

P.S. The paper I will draw on is already as good as published and would likely be in press or published online by the time of the conference. Below is the title and abstract of the paper. Feel free to use anything from the abstract below as well.


Dealing with loss in the face of COVID-19: Integrating interpersonal theories of couple adaptation and functioning

Gery C. Karantzas, Deakin University

Judith A. Feeney, University of Queensland

Christopher R. Agnew, Purdue University

Andrew Christensen, University of California, Los Angeles

Carolyn E. Cutrona, Iowa State University

Brian D. Doss, University of Miami

Christopher I. Eckhardt, Purdue University

Daniel W. Russell, Iowa State University

Jeffry A. Simpson, University of Minnesota


About the Presenters

Gery Karantzas

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