Efficacy of rational emotive therapy (RET) with children: a critical re-appraisal.


Proponents of rational-emotive therapy (RET) advocate its use within the school curriculum to forestall future maladjustment through the early detection and eradication of irrational beliefs. A review of 33 unpublished dissertations and four published reports found RET effective in about 25% of comparisons with wait-list, placebo, and other treatment conditions. The major effects of RET were changes in scores on self-report measures of irrational beliefs, less on emotional distress, and little or no change in behavior; essentially the same pattern of effects previously found in a similar analysis of RET in adult populations. Little justification was found for continued use of RET in schools.

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@article{Gossette1993EfficacyOR, title={Efficacy of rational emotive therapy (RET) with children: a critical re-appraisal.}, author={R L Gossette and Robert M O'Brien}, journal={Journal of behavior therapy and experimental psychiatry}, year={1993}, volume={24 1}, pages={15-25} }