ERIC Number: EJ823814
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct
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Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Intermittent Explosive Disorder: A Pilot Randomized Clinical Trial
McCloskey, Michael S.; Noblett, Kurtis L.; Deffenbacher, Jerry L.; Gollan, Jackie K.; Coccaro, Emil F.
Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, v76 n5 p876-886 Oct 2008
No randomized clinical trials have evaluated the efficacy of psychotherapy for intermittent explosive disorder (IED). In the present study, the authors tested the efficacy of 12-week group and individual cognitive-behavioral therapies (adapted from J. L. Deffenbacher & M. McKay, 2000) by comparing them with a wait-list control in a randomized clinical trial among adults with IED (N = 45). Aggression, anger, and associated symptoms were assessed at baseline, midtreatment, posttreatment, and 3-month follow-up. Group and individual cognitive-behavioral therapy tended not to differ, with each reducing aggression, anger, hostile thinking, and depressive symptoms, while improving anger control relative to wait-list participants. Posttreatment effect sizes were large. These effects were maintained at 3-month follow-up. Findings provide initial support for the use of multicomponent cognitive-behavioral therapy in the treatment of IED.
Descriptors: Behavior Modification, Effect Size, Psychotherapy, Depression (Psychology), Cognitive Restructuring, Counseling Techniques, Psychological Patterns, Aggression, Antisocial Behavior, Counseling Effectiveness, Group Therapy, Adults, Symptoms (Individual Disorders), Self Control, Pretests Posttests
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