Cognitive-behavioral treatment for depression: Relapse prevention

Eric Tomas Gortner, Jackie K. Gollan, Keith S. Dobson, Neil S. Jacobson*

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This study presents 2-year follow-up data of a comparison between complete cognitive-behavioral therapy for depression (CT) and its 2 major components: behavioral activation and behavioral activation with automatic thought modification. Data are reported on 137 participants who were randomly assigned to 1 of these 3 treatments for up to 20 sessions with experienced cognitive-behavioral therapists. Long-term effects of the therapy were evaluated through relapse rates, number of asymptomatic or minimally symptomatic weeks, and survival times at 6-, 12-, 18-, and 24-month follow- ups. CT was no more effective than its components in preventing relapse. Both clinical and theoretical implications of these findings are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)377-384
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Clinical Psychology


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