Title: Conflict-management in married eating disorder patients - a controlled observational study
Authors: Van den Broucke, Stephan ×
Vandereycken, Walter
Vertommen, Hans #
Issue Date: Feb-1995
Publisher: Sage publications ltd
Series Title: Journal of social and personal relationships vol:12 issue:1 pages:27-48
Abstract: Conflict management was studied in 21 eating-disordered (ED) patients and their husbands, 21 maritally distressed (MD) and 21 non-distressed (ND) couples. On the Problem List (Hahlweg et al., 1980) ED couples reported significantly more conflict topics than ND couples, yet fewer than MD couples. The interaction during a conflict discussion was videotaped and the (verbal and nonverbal) components were rated according to the KPI coding system (Hahlweg et al., 1984). Contradicting the prediction of an unequal dominance structure, the observed interactions appeared to be more symmetrical in ED couples than in both control groups. The former also showed less positive escalation than ND couples, and less negative escalation than MD ones, and a striking tendency to neutralize conflicts. The interaction pattern most typically encountered in ED couples was asymmetric negative, with one partner acting increasingly negative and the other counteracting the escalation.
ISSN: 0265-4075
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Onderzoeksgroep psychodiagnostiek en psychopathologie (-)
Health Psychology
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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