Treatment Preference For Major Depressive Disorder

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Taylor Szucs (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Joshua Broman-Fulks

Abstract: Recent research on treatment preference for individuals with major depressive disorder indicates a three to one ratio of preference for cognitive behavioral therapy over medication. There has been little to no research on treatment preference for exercise. Exercise has the properties of being easily accessible and cost efficient, where other treatments may be costly. The present study investigates treatment preference for major depressive disorder with the inclusion of exercise as one of the treatment options. There was a total of 389 participants who completed a questionnaire that included a scenario of someone who was diagnosed with major depressive disorder, followed by questions with regards to how likely each participant would choose Sertraline, cognitive behavioral therapy, or exercise, and if the participants could only choose one treatment option, which one would they prefer. Results were consistent with previous research where cognitive behavioral therapy was significantly preferred over Sertraline. When exercise was compared to Sertraline, participants significantly preferred exercise over Sertraline. There are implications for future research in relation to treatment preference of exercise for major depressive disorder.

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Honors Project
Szucs, T. (2017). "Treatment Preference For Major Depressive Disorder." Unpublished Honors Thesis. Appalachian State University, Boone, NC.
Language: English
Date: 2017
Depression, cognitive-behavioral therapy, medication, exercise, preference

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