A Comparative Study on the Effectiveness of Positive Psychotherapy and Group Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for the Patients Suffering From Major Depressive Disorder

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Negar Asgharipoor 1 , * , Aliasghar Asgharnejad Farid 2 , Hamidreza Arshadi 3 , Ali Sahebi 4

1 Department of Clinical Psychology, Mashhad University of Medical Sciencesh, Mashhad, Iran

2 Department of Clinical Psychology, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

3 Azad Islamic University, Mashhad, Iran

4 William glasser Institute, Sydney, Australia

How to Cite: Asgharipoor N, Asgharnejad Farid A, Arshadi H, Sahebi A. A Comparative Study on the Effectiveness of Positive Psychotherapy and Group Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for the Patients Suffering From Major Depressive Disorder, Iran J Psychiatry Behav Sci. 2012 ; 6(2):33-41.

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Iranian Journal of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences: 6 (2); 33-41
Published Online: December 30, 2012
Article Type: Original Article
Received: August 27, 2011
Revised: June 03, 2012
Accepted: July 08, 2012

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Abstract

Objective: Aim of this experimental study is evaluating the effectiveness of two different approaches towards the treatment of major depressive disorder (MDD): Positive-oriented psychotherapy and group cognitive-behavior therapy.

Methods: Eighteen out-patients suffering from major depression were randomly divided into two groups to be treated according to either of these two approaches. Both groups undertook the treatments for 12 weeks. All the subjects were tested by Beck Depression Inventory, Subjective Wellbeing Scale, Oxford test of Happiness, and the scale of Subjective Units of Distress before and after the treatments.

Results: The results show significant differences between the two groups in terms of the variables of happiness and mental distress, suggesting that effectiveness of positive psychotherapy is more than cognitive-behavioral therapy in increasing happiness. These two approaches were significantly different in neither decreasing the acuteness of depression symptoms nor increasing subjective wellbeing.

Conclusion: As a whole, the results of this comparative study indicate that positive psychotherapy is more effective in increasing happiness among MDD patients.

Registration ID in IRCT : IRCT 201201268829N1

Citation: Asgharipoor N, Asgharnejad Farid AA, Arshadi HR, Sahebi A. A comparative study on the effectiveness of positive psychotherapy and group cognitive-behavi

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Group Cognitive-Behavior Therapy Major Depressive Disorder Positive Psychotherapy

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