Journal of Rational-Emotive and Cognitive-Behavior Therapy

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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
Document type Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

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  • Journal of Rational-Emotive and Cognitive-Behavior Therapy 03/2015; 33(1). DOI:10.1007/s10942-014-0203-6
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    ABSTRACT: The pursuit of preferences without demands is a major pathway to mental health and happiness, according to REBT theory and research. Even when people are thwarted in the pursuit of their preferences, they will only experience healthy negative emotions, which will spur them on to construct solutions to obstacles that prevent them from reaching their goals. However, if they are thwarted when rigidly demanding their preferences, they may experience unhealthy negative emotions and act in ways that most likely will be self-defeating. We suggest that this evidence-based classic REBT framework could benefit further by clarifying whether there is a neglected distinction to be made between two types of preference. We raise the question whether there are ‘ought’ preferences as well as ‘want’ preferences, fundamentally different in purpose, which when turned into demands, can lead to distinctly different secondary irrational beliefs and unhealthy negative emotions and behaviour patterns. We explore this possible distinction as a question which has potential ramifications for theory, research and practice.
    Journal of Rational-Emotive and Cognitive-Behavior Therapy 01/2015; 33(1). DOI:10.1007/s10942-014-0204-5
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    ABSTRACT: The aim of the present research was to investigate the relationship between frustration intolerance and emotional-behavioural problems. Specifically, the study explored whether frustration intolerance beliefs were associated with difficulties in assertive behaviour, anxiety, depression, and anger in a non-clinical student sample (N = 250). For this purpose an Italian version of the Frustration Discomfort Scale (FDS) was developed. The findings supported a multidimensional model of frustration intolerance and the relationship between specific frustration intolerance beliefs and emotional-behavioural problems. Regarding unhealthy emotions, structural equation modeling (SEM) analyses (model A) indicated that discomfort intolerance and emotional intolerance had a significant relationship with state anxiety, trait anxiety, and depression. The discomfort intolerance and entitlement sub-scales had a significant relationship with state anger and trait anger, while entitlement directly predicted trait anger. Regarding assertiveness, SEM analyses (model B) indicated that emotional intolerance had a significant relationship with distress when being assertive. More generally, the FDS full scale score (model C) was significantly related to unhealthy emotions and (model D) unassertive behaviour (distress). The present study provided evidence of the cross-cultural applicability of the FDS.
    Journal of Rational-Emotive and Cognitive-Behavior Therapy 12/2014; 32(4). DOI:10.1007/s10942-014-0193-4
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    ABSTRACT: In this brief article I reply to Gardner et al. (J Ration Emot Cogn Behav Ther. doi:10.1007/s10942-014-0196-1, 2014)’s comments to my previous article titled “Some concerns about the psychological implications of mindfulness. A critical analysis” (David, in J Ration Emot Cogn Behav Ther. doi:10.1007/s10942-014-0198-z, 2014). While initially—humorously and for the sake of debate—adopting an attitude towards mindfulness based on a modified version of Galileo’s Abjuration, I then critically argued that Gardner et al.’s criticism is focused on a priori defending a construct and its associated practices that, by the very nature of empirically supported constructs/interventions, are not perfect (i.e., panacea), but subject to clarifications, limitations, and improvements.
    Journal of Rational-Emotive and Cognitive-Behavior Therapy 12/2014; 32(4). DOI:10.1007/s10942-014-0199-y
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    ABSTRACT: Co-occurring chronic pain and insomnia are common in a clinical setting. Cognitive–behavioral theoretical (CBT) frameworks exist for both conditions independently. The purpose of this study was to address the problem of co-occurring chronic pain and insomnia with an integrated CBT model based on empirical support. One-hundred eleven individuals (age range 21–65 years) meeting the general criteria for chronic pain and insomnia were included in this study. Participants completed a demographic form, the Dysfunctional Beliefs and Attitudes about Sleep—16-item version, Insomnia Severity Index, Sleep Hygiene Index, Sleep Associated Monitoring Index, Pain Catastrophizing Scale, Pain Disability Questionnaire, Modified Somatic Perceptions Questionnaire, Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale, and Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Social Support. Significant positive bivariate relationships were observed for pain catastrophizing (PC) and dysfunctional beliefs and attitudes about sleep (DBAS), as well as somatic awareness and sleep-associated monitoring. Two backward stepwise regression models were utilized to determine a model for predicting insomnia severity and pain disability respectively using a combination of sleep and pain-associated measures. Insomnia severity was predicted by DBAS, PC, and somatic awareness. Pain disability was predicted by PC, DBAS, depression, and social support. Maladaptive thought patterns related to pain and insomnia and associated features appear to have a synergistic effect on both insomnia severity and pain disability and support a combined cognitive–behavioral model.
    Journal of Rational-Emotive and Cognitive-Behavior Therapy 12/2014; 32(4). DOI:10.1007/s10942-014-0194-3
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    ABSTRACT: In this critical analysis, we discuss the construct of mindfulness and address a number of theoretical inconsistencies and potential practical consequences of mindfulness-based clinical practices. We argue that mindfulness practices are potentially powerful psychological interventions that should be well circumscribed (1) to assure clinical safety and access to the best available clinical practices and (2) used as part of a multi-component intervention or as a stand-alone treatment, particularly when empirically supported treatments such as cognitive–behavioral therapies have not achieved desired outcomes.
    Journal of Rational-Emotive and Cognitive-Behavior Therapy 12/2014; 32(4). DOI:10.1007/s10942-014-0198-z
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    ABSTRACT: The present article attempts to address misconceptions and mischaracterizations of mindfulness-based interventions found in the article “Some Concerns about the Psychological Implications of Mindfulness: A Critical Analysis,” written by Daniel David. The paper, we contended, suffers as a result of its reductive presentation of mindfulness, the relationship of mindfulness to Buddhist thought, the empirical support for mindfulness-based interventions, and the presumed mechanisms of change and clinical utility of those interventions. Such misconceptions and mischaracterizations can unfortunately have a powerful effect on both the literature base, and on those providing direct psychological services. As such, the purpose of this response article is to stimulate a clear and accurate discussion of the concepts and applications of mindfulness, so that practitioners have the information they need to make sound treatment decisions for their clientele.
    Journal of Rational-Emotive and Cognitive-Behavior Therapy 12/2014; 32(4). DOI:10.1007/s10942-014-0196-1
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    ABSTRACT: The extant literature reveals a scarcity of research applying rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT) in business settings. Against the backdrop of severe market conditions and inevitable involuntary job loss, the application of psychological interventions to reduce mental and physical health issues is highly pertinent and potentially valuable. This paper reports the effects of an intensive REBT programme on the irrational beliefs of staff undergoing redundancy from a Blue-Chip organisation. A repeated-measures single-group intervention design was adopted so that changes in irrational beliefs could be assessed over the course of the REBT programme. Results indicated significant reductions in total irrational beliefs, other-depreciation, need for achievement, and demand for fairness from pretest to posttest phases. Social validation data indicated perceived psychological and performance benefits. Results are discussed with reference to mechanisms of change, study limitations, and applied research issues.
    Journal of Rational-Emotive and Cognitive-Behavior Therapy 11/2014; 33(1). DOI:10.1007/s10942-014-0200-9
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    ABSTRACT: The third edition of A Practitioner’s Guide to Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy is a five part guide to contemporary theory and practice of this distinct and pioneering form of cognitive behavior therapy. Part one provides a historical overview of Ellis, his theory and the philosophy, which spawns this action-oriented therapy. Part two covers general therapeutic strategies starting with the ABC model, introducing the REBT view of the relationship between beliefs and disturbance, and identifying target problems and goals of therapy. Part three focuses on clinical assessment skills especially the required strategies for assessing dysfunctional beliefs that map to the client’s functional problems and therapy goals. Part four is devoted to the art of disputing. The final section part five covers the important topic of homework assignments in REBT and expanding the focus of therapy in order to facilitate maximal clinical impact before discontinuing formal therapy.PurposeThe purpose of this ...
    Journal of Rational-Emotive and Cognitive-Behavior Therapy 06/2014; 32(2):181-182. DOI:10.1007/s10942-014-0188-1
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    ABSTRACT: In this article the concept of cognitive distortions is explored. Recent scholarship has established that the concept of cognitive distortions is not clear. However, in order for any scientific body of literature to progress an adequate degree of conceptual clarity is a requirement. Samples concerning cognitive distortions are drawn from the cognitive theory and therapy literatures. First, a small sample is subjected to an analysis where its contents are reduced to a cross-section of propositions. Altogether, 24 propositions concerning the concept of cognitive distortion are extracted from this first sampling. These propositions are then subjected to a preliminary thematic analysis, which is then extended to samples from nine additional articles before basic set theory is used to calculate the number of all possible worlds of semantics present within the literature. 567 possible worlds of cognitive distortion emerge from this calculation. Although a finished concept of cognitive distortions is not suggested here, a working hypothesis is posited in order to assist in the progress of research. Henceforth, until further deliberation has taken place, it is argued that a cognitive distortion is defined as a clinically relevant type of problematic cognition with a specifiable operational status and scope. It would help if practitioners and researchers specify the properties of these categories while utilizing a common vocabulary in order to improve the clarity of communication in the field.
    Journal of Rational-Emotive and Cognitive-Behavior Therapy 03/2014; 33(1):53-77. DOI:10.1007/s10942-014-0202-7