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A Rational-Emotive Treatment program with conduct disorder and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder adolescents

Abstract

This study investigated the effects of a 12-week treatment program, based on Rational-Emotive Therapy, with conduct disorder (CD) and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) adolescents. Two independent homogeneous CD (N=12) and ADHD (N=12) groups were selected on the basis of the DSM-111-R and use of methylphenidate. The dependent variables were irrational thinking, depression, and anger. Lecture, discussion, and theYou Can Do It!Motivational Program video were used in the treatment intervention. Discriminant function analysis of pretest scores revealed that 96% of the students were correctly classified (CD=100%, ADHD=92%). Multivariate analysis of pre-posttest scores revealed that the CD group significantly changed on all dependent variables, while no significant differences were found with the ADHD group. A comparison of posttest scores on the measure of irrational thinking revealed that the CD group accepted responsibility for their upsetness and were more willing to change than the ADHD group. The results of the study are interpreted in terms of the distinguishing characteristics of each group.

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G. Barry Morris Ph.D., is Director of the Canadian Institute for Rational-Emotive Therapy. He is a Fellow and training supervisor in Rational-Emotive Therapy, a professor at the University of Saskatchewan, a licensed psychologist, and is engaged in private practice.

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Morris, G.B. A Rational-Emotive Treatment program with conduct disorder and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder adolescents. J Rational-Emot Cognitive-Behav Ther 11, 123–134 (1993). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF01074090

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Keywords

  • Treatment Program
  • Distinguishing Characteristic
  • Conduct Disorder
  • Methylphenidate
  • Discriminant Function