DESENSITIZATION AND COGNITIVE THERAPY

Project: Research project

Project Details

Description

The proposed research focuses on the psychological treatment of
Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Panic Disorder. A pilot study is
reported wherein progressive relaxation training plus nondirective
therapy, plus cognitive therapy, and plus coping desensitization
led to significant and equivalent post-therapy and follow-up
improvement. Our research and that of others have yet to
separate the effects of nonspecific factors and relaxation
training. Study I proposes to compare nondirective therapy alone,
progressive relaxation training alone, and a coping desensitization
package which includes relaxation, anxiety-incompatible thought
substitution, and worry management in the treatment of these
anxiety states. Self-report, psychiatric assessor, and
psychophsyiological assessments will be obtained at pre- and post-
therapy periods, and 6- and 12-month follow-up will be conducted
with self-report and assessor measures. A variety of process
measures will be included to test mechanisms of treatment
change.
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date12/31/896/30/98

Funding

  • National Institute of Mental Health
  • National Institute of Mental Health
  • National Institute of Mental Health
  • National Institute of Mental Health
  • National Institute of Mental Health
  • National Institute of Mental Health
  • National Institute of Mental Health
  • National Institute of Mental Health
  • National Institute of Mental Health
  • National Institute of Mental Health
  • National Institute of Mental Health

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