Religious versus Conventional Internet-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Depression
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The accessibility and efficacy of two Internet-supported interventions for depression: conventional cognitive behavioral therapy (C-CBT) and religious CBT (R-CBT) were investigated. Depressed participants (N = 79) were randomly assigned to either active treatment or wait-listed control group. Self-report measures of depression, anxiety, and life quality were collected before, immediately after, and 6 months after the intervention. Significant differences among the three conditions emerged at post-intervention with medium to large effect sizes (Cohen’s d between 0.45 and 1.89), but no differences between the R-CBT and C-CBT were found. However, the addition of religious components to CBT contributed to the initial treatment appeal for religious participants, thus increasing the treatment accessibility.
KeywordsMajor depression Religious Spiritual Psychotherapy Internet-delivered CBT
This work was possible with the financial support of the Romanian Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding (UEFISCDI) Partnerships in Priority Domains Program (PN-II-PT-PCCA-2013), Project No: 331/2014. Bogdan Tudor Tulbure is the Principal Investigator for this grant, while Nastasia Salagean is a team member. The funder had no role in study design, data collection/analysis, decision to publish, or manuscript preparation.
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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.
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