Cognitive therapy of depression : a conceptual and empirical analysis of component and process issues

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Robert D. Zettle (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Steven C. Hayes

Abstract: The purpose of the present study was threefold. One purpose was to conduct a component analysis of Beck’s cognitive therapy by presenting its three treatment components--distancing, rational restructuring, and behavioral homework-in various sequential combinations within a 2 (cognitive factor = rational restructuring vs. distancing plus rational restructuring) X 2 (behavioral factor = presence vs. absence of behavioral homework) factorial design. A second purpose was to undertake a process analysis of cognitive therapy to identify the mechanisms through which it affects depression. This was accomplished by obtaining process measures of distancing, rational restructuring, and behavioral hypothesis-testing throughout the course of treatment, and through an analysis of outcome measures assessing specific aspects of depression. The third purpose was to address a larger conceptual issue regarding cognitive therapy by directly comparing the efficacy of a treatment derived from a radical behavioral view of cognitive phenomena, comprehensive distancing, with treatment conditions formed by the 2 X 2 component design. Comprehensive distancing also was crossed with the behavioral factor to yield a total of six different treatment cells.

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Language: English
Date: 1984
Depression, Mental
Cognitive therapy

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