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ERIC Number: ED179867
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
The Role of Effort Justification in Psychotherapy.
Axsom, Danny; Cooper, Joel
The possible influence of cognitive dissonance in psychotherapy was examined by conceptualizing therapy as an effort justification process. It was predicted that freely choosing to undergo a highly effortful procedure would aid in positive therapeutic change. Subjects (N=52) participated in a weight-reduction experiment in which the degree of effort expended on "therapeutic" tasks and the degree of perceived choice to discontinue the study were manipulated. High-Effort subjects lost marginally more weight. Evidence was also found for the influence of the choice variable. A follow-up revealed that the effects of effort had increased and were highly significant. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (87th, New York, NY, September 1-5, 1979)