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An Uncontrolled Evaluation of Group Behavioural Activation for Depression

  • Simon Houghton (a1), Joe Curran (a1) and Dave Saxon (a1)

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Behavioural Activation is a contemporary contextual psychological treatment for depression. The outcome of a series of five treatment groups involving a total of 42 patients presenting to a psychotherapy department with self-reported depression is reported. Three of the treatment groups were delivered by two cognitive behavioural psychotherapists, two of the groups were delivered by a single cognitive behavioural psychotherapist and a trainee with no previous experience of the approach. The results suggest that group Behavioural Activation is an effective and tolerable treatment as indicated by BDI-II, CORE scores and the low drop-out rate. The methodological limitations of the findings are discussed.

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Reprint requests to Simon Houghton, Michael Carlisle Centre, Osborne Road, Sheffield S11 9BF, UK. E-mail: simon.houghton@sct.nhs.uk An extended version is also available online in the table of contents for this issue: http://journals.cambridge.org/jid_BCP

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An Uncontrolled Evaluation of Group Behavioural Activation for Depression

  • Simon Houghton (a1), Joe Curran (a1) and Dave Saxon (a1)

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An Uncontrolled Evaluation of Group Behavioural Activation for Depression

  • Simon Houghton (a1), Joe Curran (a1) and Dave Saxon (a1)
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