Denial predicts outcome in anxiety following group cognitive behavioral therapy

Oei, Poh Tian, Strodl, Esben, Pang, Jasmine, and Cui, Lixia (2013) Denial predicts outcome in anxiety following group cognitive behavioral therapy. Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy, 27 (4). pp. 370-383.

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Abstract

This study aimed to explore whether participants' pretherapy coping strategies predicted the outcome of group cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for anxiety and depression. It was hypothesized that adaptive coping strategies such as the use of active planning and acceptance would be associated with higher reductions, whereas maladaptive coping strategies such as denial and disengagement would be associated with lower reductions in anxious and depressed symptoms following psychotherapy. There were 144 participants who completed group CBT for anxiety and depression. Measures of coping strategies were administered prior to therapy, whereas measures of depression and anxiety were completed both prior to and following therapy. The results showed that higher levels of denial were associated with a poorer outcome, in terms of change in anxiety but not depression, following therapy. These findings suggest the usefulness of using the Denial subscale from the revised Coping Orientation to Problems Experienced (COPE) as a predictor of outcome in group CBT for anxiety.

Item ID: 33101
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1938-887X
Keywords: anxiety, cognitive behavior therapy, coping, depression, outcome
Date Deposited: 09 May 2014 00:03
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences @ 100%
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