ERIC Number: ED237849
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Reference Count: 0
A Self-Control Therapy Program for Depression: Six-Month Follow-Up.
Leventon, Barbara Gordon; And Others
A self control therapy program for depression was held over a 10-week period for 104 women, aged 18-60. The therapy focused on behavioral and cognitive objectives, increasing both activity levels and positive statements about self. To investigate the effectiveness of the program after a 6-month period, 71 of the women (approximately 70 percent of the original sample) completed the Beck Depression Inventory, the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory Depression Scale (MMPI-D), a Recent Life Events Schedule, and a follow-up questionnaire. An analysis of the results showed that the significant improvement in depressive symptomatology reported on completion of the program was maintained over a 6-month period. Subjects whose depression showed most improvement during treatment were most likely to retain and use the self-control skills taught in the program. Subjects indicated that their mood 6 months after the program was considerably better than before the program. The majority noted improved relationships with spouses, children, and jobs. Most had experienced at least one episode of depression, but only 30 percent had sought additional therapy. Subjects who had experienced severe depressive episodes or who had experienced a greater number of recent life events were more likely to seek therapy. (Author/BL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Southwestern Psychological Association (29th, San Antonio, TX, April 21-23, 1983).