My research focuses on intimate relationships. Specifically, I am interested in examining the impact of intrapersonal (e.g., psychopathology), dyadic (e.g., marital communication behaviors), and broader contextual variables (e.g., acculturation stress) and the interaction between these three levels of analysis on the course, quality, and outcome of intimate romantic relationships. Related to this, I have examined the association between communication behaviors and patterns, such as demand-withdraw, and relationship dysfunction across different cultures.
In recent studies, my students and I have been investigating the impact of stress, such as partner depression, on the romantic relationship and the mechanisms by which intimate relationships buffer, or exacerbate, perceptions of stress. Using a variety of different methodologies (e.g., observational, daily diary, self-report), we are testing transactional models of relationship distress and depression. For example, we are conducting a multi-wave, prospective study to examine the longitudinal association between marital distress an depression. In another study, we are using information-processing models to investigate the specific interpersonal deficits of depressed individuals. Based on the findings from these and other studies, I plan to develop and test treatment programs that focus both on reducing depressive symptoms and improving the quality of interpersonal relationships of depressed individuals.
- Rehman, U., & Holtzworth-Munroe, A. (in press). A Cross-Cultural Examination of the Relation of Marital Communication Behaviors to Marital Satisfaction. Journal of Family Psychology.
- Rehman, U., Gollan, J., & Mortimer, A. (in press). The marital context of depression: Research, limitations, and new directions. Clinical Psychology Review.
- Rehman, U. & Holtzworth-Munroe, A. (2006). Gender differences in demand- withdraw: A cross-cultural analysis. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 74, 755-766.
- Holtzworth-Munroe, A., Meehan, J. C., Herron, K., Rehman, U., & Stuart, G. (2003). Do subtypes of martially violent men continue to differ over time? Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 71, 728-740.
- Holtzworth-Munroe, A., Rehman, U., Marshall, A.D., & Meehan, J.C. (2002). Treating Violence in Couples. In T. Patterson (Ed.), Volume II: Comprehensive Handbook of Psychotherapy. F.W. Kaslow, Editor-in-Chief. Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York, pp. 421-449.
- Holtzworth-Munroe, A., Meehan, J.C., Rehman, U., & Marshall, A.D. (2002). Intimate Partner Violence: An Introduction for Couple Therapists. In A.S. Gurman & N.S. Jacobson (Eds.). Clinical Handbook of Couple Therapy (3rd Edition). New York: Guilford Press, pp. 441-465.
- Holtzworth-Munroe, A., Marshall, A.D., Meehan, J.C., & Rehman, U. (2002). Physical aggression. In D.K. Snyder & M. Whisman (Eds.) Treating Difficult Couples: Managing Emotional, Behavioral, & Health Problems In Couple Therapy. New York: Guilford Press, pp. 203-230.
- Holtzworth-Munroe, A., Rehman, U., & Herron, K. (2000). General and spouse specific anger and hostility in subtypes of maritally violent men and nonviolent men. Behavior Therapy (Special Series on Partner Violence), 31, 603-630.
- Holtzworth-Munroe, A., Meehan, J.C., Herron, K., Rehman, U., & Stuart, G. L. (2000). Testing the Holtzworth-Munroe and Stuart (1994) batterer typology. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 68, 1000-1019.