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Family Cohesion as a Mechanism Perpetuates Schemas and Affects the Perception of Social Support in the Relationship Between Parental Conflict and Depression Level  

by Gizem Kavalci


Disrupted family cohesion and early maladaptive schemas are thought to be a risk factor in the relationship between parental conflict and depression, and perceived social support is thought to be a protective factor. In this study, it was aimed to test the mediating role of family cohesion, early maladaptive schemas and perceived social support in the relationship between the depression symptom level of individuals and their parents' perceptions of general conflict patterns. In the study conducted with 299 participants between the ages of 18-65, the results of the analysis indicate that as the participants' perception of the conflict style between their parents as positive, withdrawn or submissive increases, this perception helps to maintain a balanced cohesion with the family. The aforementioned dyadic relationship also leads to the weakening of high standards, others-directedness and impaired autonomy schema domains and predicts the increase in perceived social support. The results of the analysis in which a similar mechanism was conducted with the perception of negative parental conflict style, on the other hand, showed that very low level of family unity and increased disconnection from the family strengthened high standards, impaired autonomy and disconnection schemas. Theoretical and clinical implications are discussed.

About the Presenter:

Gizem Kavalci

I am Gizem KAVALCI. I graduated from department of psychology in Çankaya University at 2016. I also graduated from department of management in Çankaya University at 2016 as a double major programme. I graduated my master program in Clinical Psychology in Başkent University at 2019, in Ankara, Turkey. I finished my departments successfully. I graduated as high honors student degree from my university. I began my career in 2016 as a psychologist in a special education and rehabilitation center for disabled children. I worked with children and their parents for 2.5years, performing basic psycho-social support, individual and family consultations. During this so precisely 2.5years I have had the experience of working with sensitive groups. In my clinical practice, I educated mainly in cognitive behavioral therapy. I worked with supervisors about individual psychotherapies. I have studied especially with family environment, attention deficit and hyperactivity  disorder ,addiction and related disorders, depression and mood and anxiety disorders . I completed Schema Therapy training given by Schema Therapy Institute in Ankara, Turkey to support my professional development starting with cognitive behavioral therapies. I want to continue my career to reach more professional and more adequate manner for people as a clinical psychologist.

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