Testing Different Modes of Cognitive Behavior Therapy

Testing Different Modes of Cognitive Behavior Therapy

The purpose of this study is to test a novel behavioral treatment - Adapted Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (ACBT) - against standard Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT). The goal of the study is to determine if ACBT confers improved outcomes for women with depression and low literacy. Depression is a serious women's health issue. According to the World Health Organization, depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide with females reporting symptoms of depression at almost twice the rate of males. This study will provide pilot data to enable us to determine the effect size needed to detect a between-groups change in depression scores. The overall impact of this study will be empirical support for a novel form of treatment for women with depression, who also may lack adequate literacy, educational, or cognitive ability required to benefit from standard CBT.

No pharmaceutical medication involved
Patients and healthy individuals accepted

Behavioral - Adapted CBT

ACBT is derived from traditional CBT principles, but eliminates the text-heavy requirements. Traditional CBT incorporates the use of complex worksheets and a lengthy workbook, whereas ACBT replaces these skill learning activities with simpler, straightforward exercises that are practiced in session along with the therapist. This "real world" practice eliminates the need for reading and writing as part of CBT while simultaneously recapitulating how the patient would actually implement CBT procedu more on

Behavioral - Standard CBT

CBT involves the therapist and client working to identify and change negative beliefs and thoughts, replacing them with more accurate and balanced thoughts. CBT for Depression will be conducted according to standard manuals and incorporate the use of a common workbook used within CBT sessions. As per standard practice, participants will be assigned worksheets from their workbook used both in session and as homework assignments.

Testing Different Modes of Cognitive Behavior Therapy