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The Intertwined Relationship Between Depression and Marital Distress: Elements of Marital Therapy Conductive to Effective Treatment Outcome.

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Kung, Winnie W.
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Within the framework of the interpersonal view of depression, this article examines the linkage between depression and four aspects of marital relationship: stress, support, role expectations, and interactional dynamics. Acknowledging the intertwined relationship between depression and marital adjustment, existing models of marital therapy for married depressed patients are examined for the extent to which they address these four aspects. The empirical evidence for the efficacy of these models is also reviewed, suggesting elements of marital therapy that are conducive to effective treatment outcome. (Author abstract)