Couple relationships

Man and woman's heads one near the other

Although a majority of adults aim to experiment a satisfying intimate relationship, instability, marital distress, sexual difficulties and intimate partner violence are common. Childhood interpersonal trauma can leave long-lasting effects on psychological and relational functioning.

For more information:

Godbout, N., Runtz, M., MacIntosch, H., & Briere, J. (2013). Childhood trauma and couple relationships. Integrating Science and Practice, 3(2), 14-17.

Berthelot, N., Godbout, N., Hébert, M., Goulet, M., & Boucher, S. (2014). Childhood maltreatment increases the risk of intimate partner violence via PTSD and anger personality traits in individuals engaged in sex therapy. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, and Trauma, 23(9), 982-998.

Vaillancourt-Morel, M.-P., Godbout, N., Labadie, C., Runtz, M., Lussier, Y., & Sabourin, S. (2015). Avoidant and compulsive sexual behaviors in male and female survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Child Abuse and Neglect, 40, 48-59.