Denial predicts outcome in anxiety following group cognitive behavioral therapy

Oei, Tian-Po S., Strodl, Esben, Pang, Jasmine, & 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.

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ID Code: 67257
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: ANXIETY, cognitive behaviour therapy, coping, depression, outcome
DOI: 10.1891/0889-8391.27.4.370
ISSN: 1938-887X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Health Clinical and Counselling Psychology (170106)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Springer Publishing Company, LLC
Deposited On: 12 Feb 2014 05:54
Last Modified: 12 Feb 2014 22:12

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