Patient Dropout From a Couples' Group Treatment for Panic Disorder With Agoraphobia

Michele M. Carter, Julia Turovsky, Tracy Sbrocco, Elizabeth A. Meadows, David H. Barlow

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This study examined premature termination from couples' group treatment for panic disorder with agoraphobia. Patients were classified as either treatment noncompleters or treatment completers. Comparisons of pretreatment self-report and clinician-rated measures of anxiety and depression indicated no differences between groups. On communication measures, however, partners of noncompleters rated themselves as less communicative about panic-related issues. Of noncompleters, the majority reported "getting to treatment sessions" as problematic and indicated dissatisfaction with the cognitive-behavioral treatment approach. Results are discussed in terms of these issues and their impact on the treatment of these patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)626-628
Number of pages3
JournalProfessional Psychology: Research and Practice
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1995


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