Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: doi:10.22028/D291-23285
Title: Dyadic facial affective indicators of severity of symptomatic burden in patients with panic disorder
Author(s): Benecke, Cord
Krause, Rainer
Language: German
Year of Publication: 2007
OPUS Source: Psychopathology. - 40. 2007, S. 290-295
Free key words: dyadic facial affective behaviour
panic disorder
DDC notations: 150 Psychology
Publikation type: Journal Article
Abstract: Background: Based on the results of research on facial affective behaviour in different psychological disorders, as well as on available findings on the specific behaviour of patients with panic disorder in interaction with their therapists, hypotheses about dyadic facial affective behaviour and its correlation with symptomatic burden of female panic patients are formulated. Sampling and Methods: The facial affective behaviour of 20 patients with panic disorder and their therapists, coded with EMFACS, in the first treatment session is analyzed regarding interactive enmeshment, and for a subgroup of 15 dyads these data are correlated with those on symptomatic burden before treatment. Results: A high degree of interactive enmeshment between patient and therapist correlates positively with the severity of symptomatic burden. All dyadic enmeshment indicators show highly significant positive correlations with body-related symptoms, but not with more general variables like global severity index of the SCL-90R or general anxiety (STAI). Conclusions: These results are discussed against the background of the specific psychodynamic of panic patients and show that, on the one hand, therapists practise an interactive abstinence, but on the other hand, they tend to be pulled into a specific interactive enmeshment by patients with greater symptomatic burden. Limitations of the study arise from the small sample and the lack of a comparison-group, therefore the question if the results are disorder-specific or more general cannot be answered.
Link to this record: urn:nbn:de:bsz:291-scidok-12533
Date of registration: 23-Aug-2007
Faculty: HW - Fakultät für Empirische Humanwissenschaften und Wirtschaftswissenschaft
Department: HW - Psychologie
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