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Relating a Model of Resolution of Arrested Anger to Outcome in Emotion-Focused Therapy of Depression

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dc.contributor.advisor Greenberg, Leslie S.
dc.creator Tarba, Liliana Ramona
dc.date.accessioned 2015-08-28T15:29:32Z
dc.date.available 2015-08-28T15:29:32Z
dc.date.copyright 2015-04-06
dc.date.issued 2015-08-28
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10315/30043
dc.description.abstract The present study explored essential client performances believed to be involved in depression resolution with arrested anger at its core for 32 cases. The five predictors were: 1. marker of arrested anger, 2. the expression of assertive anger, 3. empathic and insightful understanding of the Other/Self-Critic, 4. expression of primary adaptive sadness, and 5. letting go/forgiving the Other/Self-Critic. Two independent, blind to outcome raters used The Marker of Arrested Anger Rating Scale (MAARS) and The Resolution of Depression Components Scale (RDCS), both 5-point scales developed during the study, to measure the predictors. The average of "peak" ratings was used. Final outcome was assessed using change scores on three self-report measures: Beck Depression Inventory (BDI-II, depressive symptomatology), Global Severity Index (GSI, global symptomatology), and the Inventory of Interpersonal Problems (IIP, interpersonal difficulties). Pearson’s correlations indicated the marker of arrested anger is strongly related with pre-treatment BDI-II scores (r = .78, p<.001), but not GSI and IIP. Simultaneous regressions analyses showed that taken together, the components of resolution significantly predicted changes in BDI-II scores (64% of the overall variance explained), but not in GSI and IIP. Assertive anger expression is a unique independent predictor of BDI-II and GSI change scores (42% and 35% variance explained), but not of IIP change scores. Letting go/forgiving was another independent predictor of BDI-II change scores (23% variance explained). No other components of resolution independently predicted outcome. The results are discussed in light of existing research in depression and emotional processing in EFT.
dc.language.iso en
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dc.subject Clinical psychology
dc.title Relating a Model of Resolution of Arrested Anger to Outcome in Emotion-Focused Therapy of Depression
dc.type Electronic Thesis or Dissertation en_US
dc.degree.discipline Psychology (Functional Area: Clinical Psychology)
dc.degree.name PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
dc.degree.level Doctoral
dc.date.updated 2015-08-28T15:29:32Z
dc.subject.keywords Depression
dc.subject.keywords Anger
dc.subject.keywords Emotion-Focused Therapy
dc.subject.keywords Process Research

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