Exploring sudden gains in behavioral activation therapy for Major Depressive Disorder. Hunnicutt-Ferguson, K., Hoxha, D., & Gollan, J. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 50(3):223–230, 2012. 00021
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Understanding the onset and course of sudden gains in treatment provides clinical information to the patient and clinician, and encourages clinicians to strive for these sudden clinical gains with their patients. This study characterizes the occurrence of sudden gains with Behavioral Activation (BA; Martell, Addis, & Jacobson, 2001 ), and the extent to which pre-treatment dysfunctional depressive thinking predicts sudden gains during treatment. We enrolled a sample of adults ( n= 42) between ages 18-65 diagnosed with primary Major Depressive Disorder. All participants completed a 16-week course of BA, with clinical and self-report assessments at pre-, mid- and post-treatment. Results indicated that sudden gain and non-sudden gain participants showed differential improvement across treatment. No significant effects emerged for the dysfunctional cognitive style as a predictor of sudden gain status. Sudden gains may result from interaction of non-specific factors with the BA techniques implemented during early phases of therapy. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)
@article{hunnicutt-ferguson_exploring_2012,
	title = {Exploring sudden gains in behavioral activation therapy for {Major} {Depressive} {Disorder}},
	volume = {50},
	issn = {0005-7967},
	shorttitle = {Exploring sudden gains in behavioral activation therapy for {Major} {Depressive} {Disorder}},
	doi = {10.1016/j.brat.2012.01.005},
	abstract = {Understanding the onset and course of sudden gains in treatment provides clinical information to the patient and clinician, and encourages clinicians to strive for these sudden clinical gains with their patients. This study characterizes the occurrence of sudden gains with Behavioral Activation (BA; Martell, Addis, \& Jacobson, 2001 ), and the extent to which pre-treatment dysfunctional depressive thinking predicts sudden gains during treatment. We enrolled a sample of adults ( n= 42) between ages 18-65 diagnosed with primary Major Depressive Disorder. All participants completed a 16-week course of BA, with clinical and self-report assessments at pre-, mid- and post-treatment. Results indicated that sudden gain and non-sudden gain participants showed differential improvement across treatment. No significant effects emerged for the dysfunctional cognitive style as a predictor of sudden gain status. Sudden gains may result from interaction of non-specific factors with the BA techniques implemented during early phases of therapy. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)},
	number = {3},
	journal = {Behaviour Research and Therapy},
	author = {Hunnicutt-Ferguson, Kallio and Hoxha, Denada and Gollan, Jackie},
	year = {2012},
	note = {00021},
	keywords = {Depression, PsycINFO, Sudden gains},
	pages = {223--230},
}

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