Marital interaction of agoraphobic women: A controlled, behavioral observation study

Dianne L. Chambless, James A. Fauerbach, Frank J. Floyd, Kimberly A. Wilson, Anna L. Remen, Babette Renneberg

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Married couples with a female agoraphobic spouse (n = 22) were compared with demographically similar community control couples (n = 21) on self-report and observational measures of marital interaction. Consistent with hypotheses, husbands of agoraphobic women were more critical of their wives than were control husbands, and clinical couples were less likely to engage in positive problem solution than control couples. Contrary to hypothesis, clinical husbands were not less supportive than control husbands. Where general measures of marital distress were concerned, clinical couples, relative to control couples, evinced more distress by self-report, by their higher rate of negative nonverbal behavior, and by their longer sequences of negative exchanges.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)502-512
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Abnormal Psychology
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Biological Psychiatry


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