Mechanisms of change in cognitive-behavioral therapy in relation to depressives' dysfunctional thoughts

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Robin Beth Jarrett (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Rosemery Nelson

Abstract: This dissertation examined the therapeutic components within Beck's cognitive-behavioral treatment in relation to changes in global measures of depression and in specific response classes relevant to depression. Furthermore, the dissertation noted which response classes were influenced by each component and attempted to predict responsiveness to components by subject classification on frequency of dysfunctional thoughts. Thirty-seven moderately to severely depressed subjects participated in cognitive-behavioral group therapy. Beck's treatment was divided into the following components: self-monitoring dysfunctional thoughts (Component A), logical analysis (Component B), and hypothesis testing (Component C). To control for order effects, half the subjects were exposed to the components in the sequence ABC and half to the sequence ACB. Using initial frequency scores from the Automatic Thoughts Questionnaire, subjects were divided into two subtypes--those with a high versus a low frequency of dysfunctional thoughts.

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Language: English
Date: 1983
Depression, Mental $x Treatment

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