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Relationships among measures of communication marital satisfaction and exposure during couples treatment of agoraphobia


, : Relationships among measures of communication marital satisfaction and exposure during couples treatment of agoraphobia. Behaviour Research & Therapy 27(2): 131-140

The goals of this study were to examine the reltionships among measures of couples interactions (satisfaction and communication), and response to treatment within a group of agoraphobic clients and their partners. The treatment included the clients partners in structured, graduated in vivo exposure practices. Twenty responders rated themselves and their partners as more communicative regarding the client's fears, at pre- and mid-assessments in comparison to nonresponders; measures of communication related inversely to levels of anxiety reported during exposures, but marital satisfaction did not relate to any measure of exposure experienced a significant reduction in their levels of anxiety. Finally, rating of frequency of communication at mid-assessment were highly predictive of treatment outcome at post-assessment. The implications from these findings for communication skills training for a subset of couples who enter couples treatment for agoraphobia are discussed.

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PMID: 2564773

DOI: 10.1016/0005-7967(89)90071-5


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