Neurocognitive profiles of people with comorbid depression and alcohol use : implications for psychological interventions
Kavanagh, David J. (2009) Neurocognitive profiles of people with comorbid depression and alcohol use : implications for psychological interventions. Addictive Behaviors, 34(10), pp. 878-886.
Depression and alcohol use disorders frequently co-occur and are highly prevalent. Both conditions are known to impair cognitive functioning, yet research into the role of these impairments in response to Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is limited. The purpose of the present study was to examine the relationship between baseline neuropsychological performance, severity of depressive symptoms and alcohol use disorders. Participants with current depression and hazardous alcohol use were functioning in the average range on all neuropsychological measures prior to treatment entry. Baseline measures of drinking severity and a range of cognitive functions were inversely correlated. After controlling for other baseline variables, superior baseline cognitive functioning predicted greater reductions in depression severity after 17 weeks. These predictive effects occurred across both brief and extended interventions. Findings suggest that improvement in depression following psychological treatment is enhanced by greater fluid reasoning ability and is predicted by executive functioning, regardless of the treatment length or problem focus.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Keywords:||Depression, Alcohol dependence, Comorbidity, CBT, Neuropsychological, Cognitive functions|
|Divisions:||Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health|
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2009 Elsevier Ltd.|
|Deposited On:||10 Nov 2009 08:48|
|Last Modified:||01 Mar 2012 00:07|
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