- Cognitive therapy vs exposure in vivo in the treatment of obsessive-compulsives
- Cognitive Therapy and Research
- Volume | Issue number
- 12 | 1
- Pages (from-to)
- Document type
- Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG)
- Psychology Research Institute (PsyRes)
Eighteen DSM-III diagnosed obsessive-compulsives were randomly allocated to two treatment conditions: (1) Rational Emotive Therapy (RET) and (2) exposure in vivo. RET consisted of analyzing irrational thoughts; exposure in vivo was self-controlled. Treatment consisted of ten sessions. Both treatments resulted in significant improvement on anxiety/discomfort and the Maudsley Obsessional Compulsive Inventory, and in a reduction of social anxiety. In addition, RET resulted in significant changes on depression. Results were maintained up to a follow-up six months later. No significant differences were found between the two conditions.
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