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(p. 55) Role Disputes 

(p. 55) Role Disputes
(p. 55) Role Disputes

Myrna M. Weissman

, John C. Markowitz

, and Gerald L. Klerman

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date: 09 July 2020

IPT defines an interpersonal role dispute as a situation in which the patient and an important person in the patient’s life have differing expectations about their relationship. This leads to either an open or a tacit struggle. The depressed individual is invariably losing out in this conflict, which may be either a source or consequence of a depressive episode. This chapter covers definition, goals, and strategies when working with this problem area of role disputes. The three stages of role dispute are renegotiation, impasse, and dissolution. To manage a role dispute, patients need to recognize their own feelings about what they want and don’t want, feelings about the relationship and the other person, and what might constitute a reasonable compromise. Case examples of role disputes are included.

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