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Psychother Res. 2014;24(6):662-74. doi: 10.1080/10503307.2013.874052. Epub 2014 Jan 30.

Narrative therapy vs. cognitive-behavioral therapy for moderate depression: empirical evidence from a controlled clinical trial.

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a School of Psychology , University of Minho , Braga , Portugal.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Systematic studies of the efficacy of Narrative Therapy (NT) for depression are sparse.

OBJECTIVE:

To evaluate the efficacy of individual NT for moderate depression in adults compared to Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT).

METHOD:

Sixty-three depressed clients were assigned to either NT or CBT. The Beck Depression Inventory-II (BDI-II) and Outcome Questionnaire-45.2 (OQ-45.2) were used as outcome measures.

RESULTS:

We found a significant symptomatic reduction in both treatments. Group differences favoring CBT were found on the BDI-II, but not on the OQ-45.2.

CONCLUSIONS:

Pre- to post-treatment effect sizes for completers in both groups were superior to benchmarked waiting-list control groups.

KEYWORDS:

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy; Empirically Supported Therapy (EST); Narrative Therapy; depression; psychological treatment of depression; treatment of depression

PMID:
24479576
DOI:
10.1080/10503307.2013.874052
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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