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(p. 201) Involving Others 

(p. 201) Involving Others
(p. 201) Involving Others

Michelle G. Craske

, and David H. Barlow

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date: 21 May 2022

This chapter examines the process of discussing and planning ways for clients to involve significant others in their treatment. Significant others frequently have a big impact on panic disorder and particularly agoraphobia. Indeed, these individuals can play both positive and negative roles in the development and maintenance of agoraphobia and also in its treatment. The behavior and attitudes of significant others also can have strong effects, both positive and negative, on the client’s anxiety and avoidance. For these and other reasons, involving significant others in treatment can be quite beneficial, a suggestion that has been supported by empirical research. The chapter then looks at several ways in which interpersonal relationships, particularly relationships with a spouse or partner, can be disrupted by panic and agoraphobia situations. It also considers the roles that significant others can take on in assisting with exposure practices.

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