Feixas G., Bados A., García-Grau E., Montesano A., Dada G., Compañ V., Aguilera M., Salla M., Soldevilla J. M., Trujillo A., Paz C., Botella L., Corbella S., Saúl-Gutiérrez L. A., Cañete J., Gasol M., Ibarra M., Medeiros-Ferreira L. & Soriano J. et al (2013) Efficacy of a dilemma-focused intervention for unipolar depression: Study protocol for a multicenter randomized controlled trial. Trials 14: 144. Fulltext at https://cepa.info/873
Efficacy of a dilemma-focused intervention for unipolar depression: Study protocol for a multicenter randomized controlled trial.
Trials 14: 144.
Fulltext at https://cepa.info/873
Cognitive models have contributed significantly to the understanding of unipolar depression and its psychological treatment. Our research group has been working on the notion of cognitive conflict viewed as personal dilemmas according to personal construct theory. We use a novel method for identifying those conflicts using the repertory grid technique (RGT). This study aims to empirically test the hypothesis that an intervention focused on the dilemma(s) specifically detected for each patient will enhance the efficacy of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for depression. We expect that adding a dilemma-focused intervention to CBT will increase the efficacy of one of the more prestigious therapies for depression, thus resulting in a significant contribution to the psychological treatment of depression. Relevance: This article describes the protocol of a controlled study aimed at testing the efficacy of dilemma-focused therapy (DFT) as an intervention in the treatment of depression. DFT is a constructivist-oriented intervention targeting the cognitive conflicts that block the pathway to change. Constructivist epistemology has shown its potential for creation and innovation across a variety of psychotherapy approaches. Personal construct therapy is one of these approaches, and DFT arises from it as a structured, but still flexible, intervention aimed at making explicit and fostering resolution of the specific dilemma(s) found for that particular patient in the initial repertory grid assessment.