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Br J Clin Psychol. 1984 Nov;23 ( Pt 4):301-9.

Relaxation and assertive training as automated adjunct behaviour therapy administered in a self-control orientation with psychiatric patients.


The present study evaluated the efficacy of two automated behavioural treatment modalities used as a self-control strategy (deep muscle relaxation and assertive training) as compared to two control groups (attention/placebo and no behavioural treatment) in a psychiatric out-patient population. Results indicate that, as compared to the other groups, the relaxation group achieved a clinically substantial and statistically significant change. Furthermore, the efficacy of automated relaxation used as a self-control strategy is sufficient to warrant its introduction as an adjunct psychiatric therapy in out-patient psychiatric settings. More research is needed before automated assertive training as a self-control strategy can be introduced to the clinic as an adjunct therapy.

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