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of 'Family and couples therapy for treating depressed adults'

Marital quality, coping with conflict, marital complaints, and affection in couples with a depressed wife.
Coyne JC, Thompson R, Palmer SC
J Fam Psychol. 2002;16(1):26.
This study compared three groups of women--outpatient depressed, inpatient depressed, and community control--and their husbands on a range of variables including marital functioning and styles of coping with conflict. Outpatient depressed couples reported greater marital distress and more destructive and less constructive tactics for resolving conflict than did community control couples. They also were more likely to have been previously married and to express regrets about having married their current husbands. There were smaller and less consistent differences for couples with inpatient depressed spouses, although inpatient couples with younger wives were similar to outpatient depressed couples. Both groups of depressed women and their husbands reported fewer expressions of affection and more complaints about the marriage than did control couples. Results are discussed in terms of interpersonal perspectives on depression.
Department of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Pennsylvania, USA.