Alan E. Fruzzetti

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The purpose of this study was to compare cognitive-behavioral therapy (CT; n = 20), behavioral marital therapy (BMT; n = 19), and a treatment combining BMT and CT (CO; n = 21) in the alleviation of wives' depression and the enhancement of marital satisfaction. BMT was less effective than CT for depression in maritally nondistressed couples, whereas for(More)
Family functioning was compared between suicide-attempting and nonsuicidal depressed inpatients in order to further understand psychosocial determinants of suicidal behavior. Suicidal behavior was strongly associated with a discrepancy between the patient's perception of his/her family and the perception held by other family members. Suicide-attempting(More)
Although no prospective epidemiological studies have evaluated the relationship between family interactions and the development of borderline personality disorder (BPD), there is considerable evidence for the central role of family interactions in the development of BPD. This paper describes the role of family interactions or processes, especially those(More)
This study assessed changes in family members who participated in Family Connections, a 12-week manualized education program for relatives of persons with borderline personality disorder (BPD). Family Connections, led by trained family members, is based on the strategies of standard Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and DBT for families. The program(More)
Background: Few methodologically sound studies have been conducted to facilitate the understanding of relationships in families with a member suffering from severe personality disorders. Because of severity, symptomatology, and high rates of co-occurring disorders, borderline personality disorder (BPD) particularly affects family members and others in their(More)
OBJECTIVE This study examined: (1) changes in emotion regulation difficulties in underweight inpatients with anorexia nervosa (AN) following weight restoration, (2) differences in emotion regulation between AN subtypes at acute and weight-restored stages of illness. METHOD Repeated measure analyses of variance examined changes in scores on the(More)
Babcock, J. C., & Steiner, R. (1999). The relationship between treatment, incarceration, and recidivism of battering. Journal of Family Psychology, 13, 46-59. Feld, S. L., & Straus, M. A. (1989). Escalation and desistence of wife assault in marriage. Criminology, 27, 141-159. Fruzzetti, A. E. (1995). The intimacy-distance ]nvcess coding system: A functional(More)
The covarying relationship between individual distress and couple interactions provides justification for developing a system to classify couple interactional behaviors. This system is proposed as an alternative to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (e.g., 4th ed.; DSM-IV; American Psychiatric Association, 1994) system, whose problems(More)
Considerable research has demonstrated the important role that families play in the trajectory of recovery when partners or children have Axis I disorders, and that families need help, given the impact of a family member's mental illness on them. These factors have spurred the development of a variety of programs and interventions for families of people(More)