Interpersonal Processes in Psychological Problems

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Guilford Press, 2001 - Psychology - 290 pages
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People with psychological problems almost always experience difficulties with interpersonal relationships and communication. Are interpersonal difficulties simply the result of psychological disturbance, or can they also precipitate and maintain psychopathology? This book provides an in-depth analysis of interpersonal theories and research findings on frequently encountered mental health problems. It integrates results from hundreds of studies on parent child relations, marital interaction, personal relationships, communication, and related areas. The focus is on elucidating the role of interpersonal difficulties in the development and persistence of the full range of major psychological disorders: depression, schizophrenia, eating disorders, anxiety, alcoholism, bipolar disorder, and personality disorders. In the process, the book provides the most comprehensive discussion to date of the interpersonal paradigm in mental health.

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Chris Segrin, PhD, is Associate Professor of Communication at the University of Arizona, where he also holds adjunct appointments in the Departments of Psychology and Family Studies. His research focuses on the role of interpersonal relationships and social skills in psychosocial problems such as depression, loneliness, and anxiety. Current research interests also include family communication and predictors of relational and marital distress. Dr. Segrin's work can be found in such journals as Journal of Abnormal Psychology, Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, Human Communication Research, and Communication Monographs.

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