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Psychother Res. 2011 Jan;21(1):4-15. doi: 10.1080/10503301003591792.

Narrative therapy for adults with major depressive disorder: improved symptom and interpersonal outcomes.

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School of Psychology and Counselling, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.


This study investigated depressive symptom and interpersonal relatedness outcomes from eight sessions of manualized narrative therapy for 47 adults with major depressive disorder. Post-therapy, depressive symptom improvement (d=1.36) and proportions of clients achieving reliable improvement (74%), movement to the functional population (61%), and clinically significant improvement (53%) were comparable to benchmark research outcomes. Post-therapy interpersonal relatedness improvement (d=.62) was less substantial than for symptoms. Three-month follow-up found maintenance of symptom, but not interpersonal gains. Benchmarking and clinical significance analyses mitigated repeated measure design limitations, providing empirical evidence to support narrative therapy for adults with major depressive disorder.

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