Friday, 14 August 2015

New publication on patients’ core beliefs in internet delivered CBT

Dr Abigail Millings

Dr Abigail Millings from The Center for Assistive Technology and Connective Healthcare (CATCH) has published a paper examining the content of a large sample of primary care patients’ core beliefs captured in an online cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) program. The paper, appearing in the Journal of Affective Disorders, describes a content analysis of over 1800 core beliefs derived through the ‘downward arrow’ technique. The downward arrow technique enables individuals to find the ore belief that drives their negative thinking. The core beliefs found were classified into one of 9 themes, and the most commonly occurring were global self- evaluation, competence, and attachment. 

The authors also found evidence of gender differences, differences according to mental health problem type (depression, anxiety, both, or other), and differences according to the presence or absence of suicidal thoughts, in the number of core beliefs coded into each theme. The work represents the first large collection of idiosyncratic core beliefs, and as such offers insight into the kinds of cognitions underpinning common mental health problems in primary care patients. You can read more by going to the open access publication here.

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