Self-initiated behavior change by depressives following verbal behavior therapy

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dc.contributor.advisor Schaefer, H.H. en
dc.contributor.advisor Glynn, E.L. en
dc.contributor.author Hilford, Neil G. en
dc.date.accessioned 2007-08-10T11:18:44Z en
dc.date.available 2007-08-10T11:18:44Z en
dc.date.issued 1974 en
dc.identifier THESIS 74-198 en
dc.identifier.citation Thesis (PhD--Psychology)--University of Auckland, 1974 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2292/1356 en
dc.description Full text is available to authenticated members of The University of Auckland only. en
dc.description.abstract The ability of patients to initiate their own positive behavior change was studied on a sample of hospitalized female depressives. A Treatment group (N=15), a Contact control group (N=15), and a No-contact Control group (N=16) constituted the sample of 46 patients. Treatment subjects, in groups not exceeding four in number, had one hour of daily instruction for three weeks, in accord with findings from the current social learning literature. The instruction was designed to teach patients self-management techniques whereby they could initiate their own private and public behavior change, in a manner incompatible with their predominant depressive behavior. Contact Control subjects received non-directive therapy which included low level interpretations and questioning for information. No-contact Control subjects received no treatment form the Experimenter, but were participants in other group therapy meetings. All groups were tested by a battery of criterion measures on entry to the program, again after three weeks, and finally at two months after their leaving hospital. Patients undergoing self-management training showed, generally, a more rapid and sustained improvement then patients in other groups. They also had a shorter stay in hospital. Both control groups showed slight and comparable improvement from pretest to post test, with No-contact Control subjects superior, but with Contact Control subjects not sustaining their improvement after leaving hospital. The findings are discussed within the context of the hospital environment. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher ResearchSpace@Auckland en
dc.relation.ispartof PhD Thesis - University of Auckland en
dc.relation.isreferencedby UoA9921740614002091 en
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dc.title Self-initiated behavior change by depressives following verbal behavior therapy en
dc.type Thesis en
thesis.degree.discipline Psychology en
thesis.degree.grantor The University of Auckland en
thesis.degree.level Doctoral en
thesis.degree.name PhD en
dc.rights.holder Copyright: The author en


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