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This brief report examines the factors that led to successful completion of couple therapy with 8 chronic headache patients and their spouses, as opposed to another 8 couples who dropped out of treatment. Overall, the couples who successfully completed therapy were in less strifeful marriages and were confronted with specific life change events as opposed to the couples who dropped out, who gave evidence of chronic marital difficulties. Family and couple therapy for chronic headache sufferers is recommended on a selective basis.