Cognitive Therapy and Research

, Volume 17, Issue 1, pp 71–82

The role of automatic thoughts and dysfunctional attitudes in the development and maintenance of experimentally induced dysphoric mood

  • Tore C. Stiles
  • Per Schröder
  • Terje Johansen


Sixty-three nondepressed college students were first randomly exposed to either a depression or neutral induction procedure and then randomly to an elation or neutral distraction procedure. It was found that both higher levels of ATQ-30 Factor II thoughts and dysfunctional attitudes predicted postinduction DACL scores, but this effect was not specific for the depression induction condition. Furthermore, it was found that neutral distracting statements were as effective as elation statements in alleviating dysphoric mood, but not for those exhibiting higher levels of ATQ-30 Factor II thoughts.

Key words

automatic thoughts dysfunctional attitudes mood induction distraction 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tore C. Stiles
    • 1
  • Per Schröder
    • 1
  • Terje Johansen
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural MedicineUniversity of TrondheimTrondheimNorway

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