Contemporary Family Therapy

, Volume 8, Issue 4, pp 316–327 | Cite as

Variables differentiating affective interaction in a family therapy and a control group: Father-child welfare and mother-child emergency affect

  • Herta A. Guttman
  • William Eaton


In this study of 37 pre-therapy and 23 matched control families who never sought family therapy, father-child welfare affect and mother-child emergency affect were significantly higher in the control families. Control families were found generally to express more Welfare and Emergency emotion. Affective expression between parents did not significantly differentiate the groups.


Health Psychology Social Issue Matched Control Family Therapy Control Family 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Herta A. Guttman
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • William Eaton
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryMcGill UniversityCanada
  2. 2.Section of Consultation-Liaison PsychiatryCanada
  3. 3.Institute of Community and Family PsychiatryThe Sir Mortimer B. Davis-Jewish General HospitalMontrealCanada
  4. 4.Department of Mental HygieneJohns Hopkins School of Public HealthBaltimore

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