Cognitive Therapy and Research

, Volume 7, Issue 5, pp 437–444

Dysfunctional attitudes and the cognitive therapy for depression

  • Kevin E. Keller


Nineteen depressed community volunteers received a replication of the cognitive therapy group treatment used by Shaw (1977). Two groups were created based upon a median split of pretreatment scores on the Dysfunctional Attitude Scale (Weissman & Beck, Note 1). The Beck Depression Inventory, Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression, Hopelessness Scale, and Social Adjustment Scale were administered prior to and following a 4-week treatment and following a 4-week follow-up. Subjects with higher initial levels of dysfunctional attitudes evidenced a poorer response to the treatment than their attitudinally more functional counterparts. This result was robust and held over a residual gain scoring procedure. Results lend support to the hypothesis that dysfunctional attitude level acts as a general psychopathological indicator.


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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • Kevin E. Keller
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  1. 1.ED 220, State University of New York at AlbanyAlbanyUSA

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