The Associations of Depression Symptoms, Withdrawal Behaviors, and Withdrawal Cognitions with Intimate Behavior and Pleasure from Partner's Intimate Behaviors Among Clinical Couples

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2008-05-05

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This study examined the association between withdrawing behaviors, withdrawal cognitions, and depression symptoms and both the degree of the individual's own intimate behavior and his/her pleasure from receiving intimate behavior from a partner. Results indicated that thoughts or cognitions involving the desire to distance oneself from an interaction were significantly related to lower levels of intimate behavior and lower levels of pleasure experienced from a partner's intimate behavior. Further, there was a trend toward support for the notion that individuals with higher levels of depression symptoms engage in lower levels of intimate behavior. For females, the presence of depression symptoms was associated with less pleasure experienced from a partner's intimate behavior. In contrast, avoidant behavior during conflict was not found to be associated with the initiation of intimate relationship behavior and was only associated with the amount of pleasure that females experienced from intimate behavior.

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