Change in interpersonal problems after cognitive agoraphobia and schema-focused therapy versus psychodynamic treatment as usual of inpatients with agoraphobia and Cluster C personality disorders
Article first published online: 18 MAR 2008
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Scandinavian Journal of Psychology
Volume 49, Issue 2, pages 195–199, April 2008
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GUDE, T. and HOFFART, A. (2008), Change in interpersonal problems after cognitive agoraphobia and schema-focused therapy versus psychodynamic treatment as usual of inpatients with agoraphobia and Cluster C personality disorders. Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, 49: 195–199. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9450.2008.00629.x
- Issue published online: 18 MAR 2008
- Article first published online: 18 MAR 2008
- Received 26 January 2006, accepted 13 April 2007
- personality disorders;
- interpersonal problems
The aim was to study whether patients with panic disorder with agoraphobia and co-occurring Cluster C traits would respond differently regarding change in interpersonal problems as part of their personality functioning when receiving two different treatment modalities. Two cohorts of patients were followed through three months’ in-patient treatment programs and assessed at follow-up one year after end of treatment. The one cohort comprised 18 patients treated with “treatment as usual” according to psychodynamic principles, the second comprised 24 patients treated in a cognitive agoraphobia and schema-focused therapy program. Patients in the cognitive condition showed greater improvement in interpersonal problems than patients in the treatment as usual condition. Although this quasi-experimental study has serious limitations, the results may indicate that agoraphobic patients with Cluster C traits should be treated in cognitive agoraphobia and schema-focused programs rather than in psychodynamic treatment as usual programs in order to reduce their level of interpersonal problems.