A meta-analysis of the efficacy of cognitive therapy for depression.

@article{Dobson1989AMO,
  title={A meta-analysis of the efficacy of cognitive therapy for depression.},
  author={Keith S. Dobson},
  journal={Journal of consulting and clinical psychology},
  year={1989},
  volume={57 3},
  pages={
          414-9
        }
}
  • K. Dobson
  • Published 1 June 1989
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Journal of consulting and clinical psychology
In meta-analysis format the effectiveness of Beck's cognitive therapy for depression was reviewed. Twenty-eight studies were identified that used a common outcome measure of depression, and comparisons of cognitive therapy with other therapeutic modalities were made. The results document a greater degree of change for cognitive therapy compared with a waiting list or no-treatment control, pharmacotherapy, behavior therapy, and other psychotherapies. The degree of change associated with… 
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