Journal of Rational-Emotive and Cognitive-Behavior Therapy

Publisher: Springer Verlag

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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: The Albert Ellis Institute founded in 1959 by Dr. Albert Ellis is the bedrock where Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT) was born. During these 55 years the Institute has become the neuralgic center from where REBT develops and disseminates trough the affiliated international centers all over the world. Nowadays it is chartered by the University of the State of New York and it has a professional team directed by Dr. Kristene Doyle deeply committed to promote emotional health spreading REBT, a short-term therapy with long-term results. Dr. Kristene Doyle talks about her experience in the Institute under Dr. Ellis mentorship and also about the current activities in the Institute and the plans for the future.
    No preview · Article · Jan 2016 · Journal of Rational-Emotive and Cognitive-Behavior Therapy
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    ABSTRACT: This study examined the effects of cognitive restructuring intervention program of rational-emotive behavior therapy on irrational thoughts/behaviors arising from adverse childhood stress in Nigeria. The participants (n = 26) are the identified victims of adverse childhood stress who met the criteria for inclusion through self-report questionnaire. The treatment process is guided by the adverse childhood stress management manual. It consists of 12 weeks of full intervention and 2 weeks of follow-up meetings. The study used repeated measures ANOVA in order to see the improvement of each participant and across control and treatment groups’ thoughts/behaviors after the intervention program. The results show that sex differences do not determine experience of adverse childhood stress. Through cognitive restructuring intervention program of rational-emotive behavior therapy, irrational thoughts/behaviors arising from adverse childhood stress experience were significantly reduced in the treatment group when compared to the control group. Significant improvement was also observed at the end of the intervention of the treatment group. The implication for research and practice were discussed in line with these outcomes. Finally, the study stressed the importance of a follow-up study in Nigeria that would assess irrational beliefs and one or more measures of PTSD symptoms or emotional disturbance.
    No preview · Article · Dec 2015 · Journal of Rational-Emotive and Cognitive-Behavior Therapy
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    ABSTRACT: The cultivation of happiness is the stated goal of Tibetan Buddhism and of Western models of psychotherapy alike. Yet these two traditions differ sharply in their identification of the conditions that give rise to happiness. Since both traditions present themselves as empirical systems of investigation open to confirmation or refutation, it may prove useful for practitioners in each tradition to become familiar with each others’ theories and claims regarding the causes of happiness. This paper discusses the questions asked and models proposed by Western psychologists researching happiness and how these differ from the questions asked and models proposed by the Tibetan Buddhist tradition of psychology. It also presents an overview of scientific findings related to each of these models, and suggests possible benefits of investigating the basis for underlying assumptions of theories of happiness and the effects of such assumptions on the outcomes derived from different models of psychology.
    No preview · Article · Sep 2015 · Journal of Rational-Emotive and Cognitive-Behavior Therapy
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    ABSTRACT: The present article attempts to provide valuable theoretical nuance with regard to Buddhist conceptualizations of well-being and happiness, in response to the recent article, “Assumptions and Conclusions: Fundamental Distinctions Between Tibetan Buddhist and Western Approaches to Happiness,” by Cutz and colleagues. The recent upsurge in the theoretical and empirical professional literature with respect to mindfulness-based interventions certainly speaks to the importance of understanding the similarities and differences between Buddhist philosophical teachings and Western psychological theory and practice, including a nuanced conceptual understanding of terms such as “happiness” and “well-being.” As the target article’s effort at discriminating between Western and Eastern conceptualizations of happiness and well-being focused extensively on Western terminology and conceptualizations, the present paper’s clarification of these important distinctions will hopefully allow for greater accuracy when adopting historical Buddhist concepts into contemporary cognitive behavioral models of psychological service, and therefore, will hopefully enhance the professional literature base and allow us to better serve the clientele with whom we work.
    No preview · Article · Sep 2015 · Journal of Rational-Emotive and Cognitive-Behavior Therapy
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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.
    No preview · Article · Sep 2015 · Journal of Rational-Emotive and Cognitive-Behavior Therapy
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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.
    No preview · Article · Sep 2015 · Journal of Rational-Emotive and Cognitive-Behavior Therapy
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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.
    No preview · Article · Sep 2015 · Journal of Rational-Emotive and Cognitive-Behavior Therapy
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    ABSTRACT: As the rates of both violent crime and prison violence continue to rise, anger management programs have become a common treatment recommendation for prisoners. Several psychology treatment programs have incorporated anger management as core curricula, and many supervisory and probation officers mandate anger management as a post release requirement for probationers. Assessment tools that provide direction in treatment planning and therapeutic will surely be very helpful. The Angry Cognitions Scale (ACS) (Martin and Dahlen in J Ration Emot Cogn Behav Therapy 25:155–173, 2007) was formulated to assess the cognitive antecedents to anger: overgeneralizing, inflammatory labeling, demandingness, catastrophic evaluation, and misattributing causation. Evaluation of adaptive anger was also included. A limitation of that study is its lack of generalization to populations beyond college students and the authors recommended rewriting the scenarios to fit specific clinical populations. Researchers have noticed that prisoners may exhibit unique responses to anger provocations due to their conditions of confinement, potential consequences for acts of violence, and cultural norms of the prison environment (Wydo in Measuring anger in a prison population using the Anger Disorders Scale and the Personality Assessment Inventory, 2003). In the current study, the original scenarios from the Angry Cognitions Scale were reworded or reconstructed to replicate common anger provoking events in jails and prisons. As opposed to events that happen in the general public, such as driving a car or going to the mall, it is posited that inmates will more easily relate to everyday occurrences in jail settings and thus provide more accurate responses to be used in therapy. Two hundred and thirty male inmates completed the Angry Cognitions Scale-Prison Form (ACS-PF) and the State-Trait Anger Expression Inventory-2 (STAXI-2). Results indicated that the five maladaptive subscales of the Angry Cognitions Scale-Prison Form were highly correlated and showed good convergent validity with the STAXI-2, while the adaptive process subscale demonstrated discriminant validity. A factor analysis of all ACS-PF items yielded a three factor solution that offers an alternative scoring method. Results support the hypothesis that the ACS-PF provides information on six distinct cognitive processes that prisoners may experience in response to provocations.
    No preview · Article · Aug 2015 · Journal of Rational-Emotive and Cognitive-Behavior Therapy
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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.
    No preview · Article · Aug 2015 · Journal of Rational-Emotive and Cognitive-Behavior Therapy
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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.
    No preview · Article · Jul 2015 · Journal of Rational-Emotive and Cognitive-Behavior Therapy
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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.
    No preview · Article · Jun 2015 · Journal of Rational-Emotive and Cognitive-Behavior Therapy