Predicting expressed emotion: a study with families of obsessive-compulsive and agoraphobic outpatients. Journal Article uri icon



  • The authors used structural equation modeling to examine expressed emotion (EE) in relatives of outpatients with panic disorder with agoraphobia (n = 42) or obsessive-compulsive disorder (n = 60). EE was examined as a function of patients' illness and personality and as a function of characteristics of relatives themselves. EE was operationalized in terms of hostility on the Camberwell Family Interview (C. E. Vaughn & J. P. Leff, 1976) and patients' ratings of their relatives' criticism (perceived criticism). Key findings include the identification of a characteristic of the relative (self-reported angry thoughts, feelings, and behaviors) that is directly linked to both hostility toward the patient and to perceived criticism, as well as a direct path between relatives' low rates of observed problem solving and their hostility toward the patient. Patient Pathology predicted perceived criticism but not observer-rated hostility.

publication date

  • June 1, 2001

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  • October 14, 2013 3:21 AM

Full Author List

  • Chambless DL; Bryan AD; Aiken LS; Steketee G; Hooley JM

author count

  • 5

citation count

  • 11

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International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0893-3200

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1939-1293

Additional Document Info

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  • 225

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  • 240


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