Journal of Rational-Emotive and Cognitive-Behavior Therapy Impact Factor & Information

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The Journal of Rational-Emotive and Cognitive-Behavior Therapy remains THE publication for outstanding articles on REBT and CBT theory research and practice. Under the guidance of an expanded editorial board consisting of acknowledged leaders in the field the journal continues to disseminate current valuable information to researchers and practitioners in psychology psychotherapy psychiatry counseling social work education and related fields. An invaluable source for current developments in the field the Journal of Rational-Emotive and Cognitive-Behavior Therapy is today's mechanism for the ongoing stimulation and maintenance of research theory and practice on rational-emotive behavior therapy (REBT) and other forms of cognitive behavior therapy (CBT). Its cogent articles focus on: research into the theory and practice of REBT and CBT including integration; theoretical discussions and literature reviews on the cognitive bases of the development and alleviation of emotional behavioral interpersonal personality and addictive disorders; applications of REBT to new areas and client populations; descriptions of innovative techniques and procedures; and case studies. The Journal of Rational-Emotive and Cognitive-Behavior Therapy provides a timely introduction to unexplored avenues on the cutting edge of REBT and CBT research theory and practice. Its fascinating articles broaden knowledge while offering regular access to the community that is forging the future of REBT and CBT.

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Website Journal of Rational-Emotive and Cognitive-Behavior Therapy website
Other titles Journal of rational-emotive and cognitive-behavior therapy (Online), Journal of rational-emotive & cognitive-behavior therapy
ISSN 0894-9085
OCLC 44169687
Material type Document, Periodical, Internet resource
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    ABSTRACT: Recent etiopathogenic theories of gastrointestinal conditions state that information processing biases can be a possible major factor involved in the aetiology and maintenance of these conditions. This exploratory study investigated the role of attention biases (AB) towards symptoms-related cues in gastrointestinal patients with respect to symptom maintenance, simultaneously taking into consideration the role of irrational beliefs. We included 32 patients diagnosed with gastrointestinal conditions. Patients completed a battery of psychological tests and an experimental task aimed to measure the preferential attention processing of linguistic stimuli related to gastrointestinal symptoms when they compete for attention resources with neutral stimuli. AB was positively related to irrational beliefs [r(31) = .376, p = .037] and analgesics use [r(32) = .518, p = .002], but not to self-report gastrointestinal symptoms [r(30) = -.165, p = .382]. Irrational beliefs correlated with pain catastrophizing [r(31) = .373, p = .039], but not to gastrointestinal symptoms, pain intensity, visceral sensitivity or negative emotions; however, pain catastrophizing correlated with all of these. Taken together, our results suggest that core irrational beliefs action as general vulnerability factors that trigger specific implicit and explicit cognitive mechanisms (i.e., AB, pain catastrophizing) involved in the onset and maintenance of symptoms. Future experimental studies should test the robustness of these results in larger samples and aim to further advance our understanding of how cognitive factors interact and potentiate each other in generating and maintaining debilitating suffering.
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  • Journal of Rational-Emotive and Cognitive-Behavior Therapy 09/2015; DOI:10.1007/s10942-015-0216-9

  • Journal of Rational-Emotive and Cognitive-Behavior Therapy 09/2015; DOI:10.1007/s10942-015-0223-x
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    ABSTRACT: It is not uncommon for a patient to appear at a therapist’s practice and describe experiencing chronic pain together with difficulties sleeping. Sufferers often report high levels of continuous pain, daytime sleepiness, difficulties concentrating, negative mood states, difficulties with daily functioning and a general dissatisfaction with their lives. This article discusses the current state of sleep and pain therapies, looks at three clinical cases in which patients suffered from primary insomnia and chronic pain, and proposes a treatment protocol.
    Journal of Rational-Emotive and Cognitive-Behavior Therapy 09/2015; 33(3). DOI:10.1007/s10942-015-0214-y
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    ABSTRACT: Chronic pain is a prevalent and disabling problem. It is a complex, multifactorial disorder that requires a comprehensive biopsychosocial conceptualization. In this paper we provide an update on research implicating the importance of the behavioral and cognitive factors in chronic pain. In addition to the significant co-variations among self-reported symptoms, recent advancement in the imaging technology provides a better understanding of the neurophysiological basis of those psychosocial factors in chronic pain. Additionally, we discuss several variations of behavioral and cognitive-behavioral approaches to chronic pain, including operant-behavioral and cognitive-behavioral (including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, internet-adapted, exposure based on the Fear Avoidance model) and review the evidence for their efficacy. Overall, the psychologically oriented programs based upon the biopsychosocial concept of pain are efficacious in reducing pain, disability, and mood disturbance. The accumulated evidence supports our contention that the conventional unidimensional, sensory perspective of pain based upon the biomedical model is, although ubiquitous and persistent, incomplete and inadequate to understand and effectively treat people with chronic pain. We must go beyond the convention of that pain is solely a neurophysiological phenomenon and start thinking outside the pill box if we hope to provide more effective treatment for people experiencing chronic pain.
    Journal of Rational-Emotive and Cognitive-Behavior Therapy 09/2015; 33(3). DOI:10.1007/s10942-015-0215-x
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    ABSTRACT: Cognitive-behavioral models for both insomnia and pain are well established. Few studies have addressed the cognitive-behavioral aspects of these conditions occurring together with a unified model. Worry, rumination, catastrophizing, monitoring, misperceptions, dysfunctional beliefs, and safety behaviors are reviewed. Sleep hygiene among those with co-occurring pain and insomnia is also discussed. It is proposed that more concerted efforts are needed to develop an integrated cognitive-behavioral model to address insomnia and pain as a complex integrated phenomenon.
    Journal of Rational-Emotive and Cognitive-Behavior Therapy 09/2015; 33(3). DOI:10.1007/s10942-015-0213-z

  • Journal of Rational-Emotive and Cognitive-Behavior Therapy 08/2015; DOI:10.1007/s10942-015-0219-6
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    ABSTRACT: Chronic pain is a serious and complex health issue. Patients dealing with chronic pain demonstrate multifarious behavioral and cognitive responses to their widely varying individual experiences. How can we, as health professionals, best serve these patients? In this paper, we discuss the place of pain within the historical conceptualization of health and normalcy, and the more current biopsychosocial model. We also review contemporary theories on how cognition plays a vital role in the psychological processing of stimuli, including pain. We focus on the significant interactions between catastrophizing appraisals of pain and the chronic pain experience, including increases in pain perception, pain sensitivity, depression and disability. In light of these significant interactions, we assert that catastrophizing must be specifically addressed in the treatment of chronic pain. We therefore explore the mechanisms through which catastrophizing comes to influence the pain experience, and its etiology. Then, with an understanding of cognitive processing of stimuli, along with the causes and consequences of catastrophizing, we suggest several targets of treatment for catastrophizing in chronic pain. We explore how the cognitive models meet or fail to meet those targets. We conclude with suggestions for further research on the topic of catastrophizing and chronic pain.
    Journal of Rational-Emotive and Cognitive-Behavior Therapy 08/2015; 33(3). DOI:10.1007/s10942-015-0220-0

  • Journal of Rational-Emotive and Cognitive-Behavior Therapy 07/2015; DOI:10.1007/s10942-015-0218-7
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    ABSTRACT: Illness self-management encompasses a set of key self-care behaviors essential for medical management, reduction of disability and enhancement of quality of life of those suffering from chronic non-cancer pain. The biopsychosocial model, which explores the biological, psychological, and social aspects of functioning, facilitates clinician understanding of the barriers to self-management. Functional conceptualization based on the biopsychosocial model informs treatment planning and seamlessly integrates with a multidisciplinary treatment approach considered the best practice in the management of chronic pain disorders. This article will briefly explore the history of the biopsychosocial model, relay the major tenants of rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT), and propose an expanded biopsychosocial model (rational emotive behavior therapy-health) for the assessment and conceptualization of those suffering from chronic pain disorders. Detailed are specific interview topics and related questions important to the assessment of client functioning with emphasis REBT hypothesis formulations. Discussion of conceptualization will integrate perspectives from the biopsychosocial interview with the addition of REBT hypothesis formulations.
    Journal of Rational-Emotive and Cognitive-Behavior Therapy 07/2015; 33(3). DOI:10.1007/s10942-015-0217-8
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    ABSTRACT: In the current study, we extended previous research verifying significant associations between perfectionism dimensions and psychopathological outcomes. Specifically, we examined the links between perfectionism dimensions and generalized anxiety symptoms through both the context of threat and control schemas and gender. A sample of 262 university students (131 women and 131 men) completed a series of self-report questionnaires online. Univariate correlations indicated that socially prescribed perfectionism was the only dimension related to generalized anxiety symptoms. In addition, gender-specific findings emerged from the path analytic procedures implemented. Most notably, the stability in the direct effect between socially prescribed perfectionism and generalized anxiety symptoms varied by gender. For women, results revealed both significant direct and indirect effects with threat and control schemas partially mediating the socially prescribed perfectionism–anxiety symptoms link. Alternatively, the direct effect between socially prescribed perfectionism and generalized anxiety was not significant for men. These results support the position that perfectionism dimensions operate differently for women and men in the prediction of psychopathological outcomes. Gender-specific implications for mental health counselors are discussed.
    Journal of Rational-Emotive and Cognitive-Behavior Therapy 06/2015; 33(2). DOI:10.1007/s10942-015-0208-9
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    ABSTRACT: Despite their prevalence, depression and suicidal ideation (SI) are relatively unaddressed problems in the college student population. There are limited individual treatment studies targeting this population. Nine students (M = 19.33 years of age; SD ± .87) with depressive symptoms and/or SI were enrolled in 6-weeks of individual cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) with a individually tailored manual-based treatment delivery. Measures were given before and after treatment. Primary results, presented as a case series, suggested decreases in depression across students and an overall downward trend in SI. As a secondary analysis, paired samples t tests showed significant decreases in both depression and SI. In summary, short-term, individually tailored manual-based CBT may be beneficial for reducing depressive symptoms and SI among college students. More research is needed to determine the best clinical interventions and targeted treatments for this vulnerable population.
    Journal of Rational-Emotive and Cognitive-Behavior Therapy 06/2015; 33(2). DOI:10.1007/s10942-015-0206-y
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    ABSTRACT: This paper will try to highlight the possible contribution of REBT in facing and accepting the givens of existence and to show that REBT “takes a step further” and significantly improves the acceptance of them. Basic existential conflict, according to Yalom is in the individual’s confrontation with the givens of existence-certain ultimate concerns as Death, Freedom and responsibility, Existential isolation and the Meaninglessness of life, one cannot accept. According to existentialists we must die, we are free and responsible, there is no universal “meaning”, no grand design in universe, no firm guidelines for living but our own, nothing to rely upon when we have to make decisions; we are alone, and we have to discover meaning. From a REBT perspective, one is horrified when being confronted with ultimate concerns, with the world as it is because one believes in an irrational idea that the world should be different, and that it is horrible and unbearable that it isn’t so. Our demandingness towards reality points to our “neurotic” and “egocentric” relationship towards reality. REBT can help people to radically reconstruct some of their beliefs and thus make a profound philosophical change, to accept what they view as unacceptable, to stop awfulizing about that, to make decisions and to change their behavior. In that way, REBT helps people overcome their “neurotic ego-centeredness” in the world.
    Journal of Rational-Emotive and Cognitive-Behavior Therapy 05/2015; 33(2). DOI:10.1007/s10942-015-0209-8
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    ABSTRACT: The World Health Organization (2004) estimates that 60 million people suffer from chronic noncancer pain (CP). The preface to the Special Issue on Pain Management reviews the prevalence rates of chronic noncancer pain (CP) in various countries around the world and the rate of comorbid health and psychological conditions. The article lists the topics covered in the journal which focus on treatment of chronic pain conditions. Article topics cover general treatment approaches, psychological assessment instruments, the psychological interview of the CP patient, and the treatment of insomnia and sleep disturbances, two major sequelae of CP. Best practice guidelines in the treatment of chronic pain call for referral for cognitive behavior therapy. However, rational emotive behavior therapy has failed to enter this field in any significant manner. The preface makes a special call to rational emotive behavior therapists to enter the field of pain management.
    Journal of Rational-Emotive and Cognitive-Behavior Therapy 04/2015; 33(3). DOI:10.1007/s10942-015-0212-0
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    ABSTRACT: Over the last 20 years, literature on the psychology of forgiving has burgeoned. Despite this, forgiveness literature from the rational-emotive behavior therapy (REBT) perspective has been rare. This is unfortunate, given the elegance of the REBT model and that Ellis touched favorably upon forgiving as far back as 1961. The REBT model is dialogued with the works of Enright and Fitzgibbons (Helping clients forgive. American Psychological Association, Washington, 2000; Forgiveness therapy. American Psychological Association, Washington, 2015) with reference to others. Among recommendations are: (1) using and researching REBT regarding forgiveness; (2) focusing on unforgiveness-reduction when clients cannot contemplate forgiving; (3) recognizing an “Acceptance continuum” of healthy responses from “non-forgiving” to “forgiving”; (4) considering use of REBT with combined unforgiveness and trauma, as well as exploring parallels between the two phenomena; (5) giving primacy to “Unconditional Self Acceptance (followed by Unconditional Life and Other Acceptance); and (6) complementing forgiveness outcomes studies with phenomenological research. The author concurs with Ellis and Harper (A guide to rational living. Wilshire Book Co., Hollywood, 1973/1961) that: “To err is human; to forgive is to be sane and realistic” (p. 111).
    Journal of Rational-Emotive and Cognitive-Behavior Therapy 04/2015; DOI:10.1007/s10942-015-0210-2
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    ABSTRACT: Pain is one of the most universal experiences of humankind, affecting all populations across the globe. In the United States over 100 million individuals are reported to be suffering with chronic pain (Institute of Medicine in Relieving pain in America: a blueprint for transforming prevention, care, education and research, The National Academies Press, Washington, 2011) and approximately 80 % of all medical visits stem directly from pain complaints (Quartana et al. in Expert Rev Neurother 9:745-758, 2009). This paper discusses a recent movement toward standardization of the pain assessment process to improve the quality of patient reported outcomes in clinical trials through the work of the Initiative on Methods, Measurement, and Pain Assessment in Clinical Trials (IMMPACT) workgroup and the National Institutes of Health Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS) Roadmap Initiative. We review pain assessment from the framework of the recommendations of IMMPACT including the key assessment domains and the specific instruments recommended for use. We also review the PROMIS item banks and their usefulness in fulfilling the spirit of the IMMPACT recommendations. Finally, we discuss important assessment domains that could be a part of all comprehensive pain assessments that were not addressed by IMMPACT or PROMIS and make recommendations for adoption for clinical practice.
    Journal of Rational-Emotive and Cognitive-Behavior Therapy 04/2015; DOI:10.1007/s10942-015-0211-1