Affective synchrony in dual- and single-smoker couples: Further evidence of "symptom-system fit"?

Michael J. Rohrbaugh, Varda Shoham, Emily A Butler, Brant P. Hasler, Jeffrey S. Berman

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Abstract

Couples in which one or both partners smoked despite one of them having a heart or lung problem discussed a health-related disagreement before and during a period of laboratory smoking. Immediately afterwards, the partners in these 25 couples used independent joysticks to recall their continuous emotional experience during the interaction while watching themselves on video. A couple-level index of affective synchrony, reflecting correlated moment-to-moment change in the two partners' joystick ratings, tended to increase from baseline to smoking for 9 dual-smoker couples but decrease for 16 single-smoker couples. Results suggest that coregulation of shared emotional experience could be a factor in smoking persistence, particularly when both partners in a couple smoke. Relationship-focused interventions addressing this fit between symptom and system may help smokers achieve stable cessation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)55-67
Number of pages13
JournalFamily Process
Volume48
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2009

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Keywords

  • Couple interaction
  • Emotion regulation
  • Health-compromised smokers
  • Symptom-system fit

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  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Social Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology

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Affective synchrony in dual- and single-smoker couples : Further evidence of "symptom-system fit"? / Rohrbaugh, Michael J.; Shoham, Varda; Butler, Emily A; Hasler, Brant P.; Berman, Jeffrey S.

In: Family Process, Vol. 48, No. 1, 03.2009, p. 55-67.

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Rohrbaugh, Michael J. ; Shoham, Varda ; Butler, Emily A ; Hasler, Brant P. ; Berman, Jeffrey S. / Affective synchrony in dual- and single-smoker couples : Further evidence of "symptom-system fit"?. In: Family Process. 2009 ; Vol. 48, No. 1. pp. 55-67.
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