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Combining Guided Dialog With Cognitive Therapy for Depressed Women: Six Single-Case Studies

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Cognitive therapy (CT) alone was compared to CT, plus a communication skills and relationship repair intervention called Guided Dialog (GD), in the treatment of six depressed women. Outcomes measures were the Beck Depression Inventory and the Miller Social Intimacy Scale, repeatedly administered over time in the context of single-subject research designs. Three women received CT alone, and three received CT followed by CT plus GD. Results indicated that all patients recovered from depression; however, patients who received the combined form of treatment registered greater improvements in intimacy than did clients who received cognitive therapy alone. While tentative, these results suggest that the combination of a relationally based form of treatment such as Guided Dialog, together with cognitive therapy, may warrant a more formal randomized trial.
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Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: 1: School of Social Work, West Virginia University 2: School of Social Work, The University of Georgia

Publication date: January 1, 1998

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