Branka Bagaric

Branka Bagaric
University of Zagreb

PhD Candidate; Master in Psychology

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Introduction
Branka Bagaric is a PhD candidate (Psychology), a CBT therapist and an MBCT teacher working at CABCT. Her research is focused on the effects of technology on mental health; including computerized interventions, predictors and consequences of online health information seeking, and stakeholders' attitudes toward technology in domain of health. She is also interested in acceptability and efficacy of MBCT, as well as the process and outcomes of MBCT teacher training.

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Publications (37)
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Objectives: We aimed to develop a measure of psychotherapists' attitudes toward integrating technology in psychotherapy—The Therapists' Attitudes toward using Modern Technologies in Psychotherapy and Counselling Scale (MTPS), to analyze its latent structure and test its reliability and validity. Method: Items were developed based on interviews wit...
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Background Nocebo effect, the occurrence of adverse symptoms fallowing an inactive treatment, is much less understood than its opposite, placebo effect. This systematic review of contemporary studies exploring the nocebo effect focuses on (1) the mechanisms underlying the nocebo effect, (2) the characteristics of participants exhibiting a more inte...
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Background With the COVID-19 infection speeding around the world, many experience fear and anxiety. To detect those at risk of psychopathology and provide treatment, valid instruments are needed. The aim of this study was to cross-culturally validate the theory-based instrument Multidimensional Assessment of COVID-19-Related Fears (MAC-RF) in Croat...
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Nowadays, the Internet holds an important place in the process of gathering information regarding health. However, it seems that this can cause an unnecessary concern about health that is referred to as cyberchondria. This review article describes the construct of cyberchondria and its relationship with related relevant concepts – health anxiety an...
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Cyberchondria is excessive online seeking of health-related information followed by distress. We aimed to examine the effects of cyberchondria and the credibility of the health-related sources on recall, and to investigate cyberchondria as a mediator between health anxiety (HA) and recall. Participants (N = 194) read about an alleged disease from s...
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Psihološke intervencije zasnovane na punoj svjesnosti (eng. mindfulness) poput kognitivne terapije pune svjesnosti (eng. Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy; MBCT), posljednjih godina nalaze svoje primjene u prevenciji i tretiranju različitih psihičkih smetnji te u raznim sektorima poput zdravstva, školstva i zatvorskog sustava. Brojna istraživanja...
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The appearance of a new and unknown disease, COVID-19, provides a fertile ground for the rise of cyberchondria, an excessive online searching about coronavirus transmission, COVID-19 symptoms, and its long-term health-related effects, which is followed by more anxiety. The purpose of this chapter is to review and discuss new findings on cyberchondr...
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Bagarić, B., & Jokić-Begić, N. (in press). Fear of Becoming Infected and Fear of Doing the Wrong Thing - Cross-Cultural Adaptation and Further Validation of the Multidimensional Assessment of COVID-19 - Related Fears. [Accepted manuscript]. Clinical Psychology in Europe. http://dx.doi.org/10.23668/psycharchives.5187 https://cpe.psychopen.eu/index....
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Zarazne bolesti su oduvijek izazivale strah i zabrinutost, no pandemija COVID-19 predstavlja jedinstven fenomen zbog globalne povezanosti putem digitalnih tehnologija. Pojavom pandemije uočen je porast pretraživanja o simptomima bolesti COVID-19 kao i porast pretraživanja o COVID-u čak i prije nego se pojavi prvi potvrđeni slučaj u nekoj regiji. Sp...
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Prison system staff are exposed to high levels of stress, which can result in the development of mental disorders and reduced work efficiency in the long run. Therefore, it is important to develop prevention programs and explore their effectiveness and acceptability to prison staff, because this population is reluctant to admit difficulties. Mindfu...
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With the raging COVID-19 pandemic, stress and anxiety are on the rise, and with it the need for mental health services. Due to social restrictions imposed to stop the virus from spreading, psychotherapy has been provided in many areas exclusively via technology (e.g. videoconferencing). According to the Unified Theory of Acceptance and Use of Techn...
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Jedna od najčešće pretraživanih tema na internetu je zdravlje. Budući da je čitatelju dostupna velika količina zdravstvenih informacija različite kvalitete, važno je razumjeti kako izvor informacija utječe na čitatelja. Cilj ovog eksperimentalnog istraživanja je ispitati postoji li razlika u pamćenju zdravstvenih i nezdravstvenih informacija ovisno...
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Computerized CBT has been developed for a range of mental health issues and appears to be equally effective as short-term face-to face therapy. Such treatments have potential to make psychotherapy more accessible and cost-efficient. Computerized treatments could be especially useful in the penal system; where treatment is much needed by its occupan...
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Pretraživanje o zdravlju na internetu postalo je vrlo rašireno. Kako starije osobe imaju više zdravstvenih problema, mogle bi postati sve veći konzumenti digitalnih zdravstvenih sadržaja. No, budući da imaju slabije računalne vještine te da nisu naviknute na ulogu "osnaženog pacijenta", mogle bi doživjeti pretjeranu zabrinutost dok pretražuju o svo...
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Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) is one of the novel “third wave” approaches within the family of cognitive-behavioural therapies (CBT). It represents a combination of mindfulness meditation practice and CBT delivered in a form of an 8-week group program. Rationale for using mindfulness in treating PTSD can be found in CBT model of PTSD....
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Modern technologies (MTs) are increasingly being used in psychotherapy and with promising results, helping to reach more and more clients in need. Since therapists are included in developing and disseminating such treatments and incorporating MTs in their practice in a form of blended care, their views on this topic become essential. Traditional cu...
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Anger is a frequent problem in the prison population. Inmates score significantly higher on anger measures compared to the general population. In addition, it has been shown that anger levels rise as the sentence progresses. Deficits in emotional self-regulation are one of the risk factors for criminal recidivism. CBT-based programs are shown to be...
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Nowadays, the Internet holds an important place in the process of gathering information regarding health. However, it seems that this can cause an unnecessary concern about health that is referred to as cyberchondria. This review article describes the construct of cyberchondria and its relationship with related relevant concepts – health anxiety an...
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MBCT (eng. Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy) je moderan psihološki tretman razvijen u obitelji bihevioralno-kognitivnih terapija. Iako je početno osmišljen za osobe s povratnim depresivnim poremećajem s ciljem prevencije novih depresivnih epizoda – za što je i dokazana njegova učinkovitost – sve je više istraživanja koja pokazuju da može biti od...
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Using modern technologies (MTs) in CBT can reduce the cost of treatment and make it more accessible to those in need. A recent meta- analytic study indicated that internet- delivered CBT is as effective as face-to face therapy. Yet, clients express negative views about computerized self-help and prefer face- to-face therapy. Combining on-line and f...
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Cyberchondria, an elevated health anxiety due to on-line health searches, has gained much research interest. Yet, it is still unclear why in some cases health searches result in distress and in others do not. Recent study suggests that a metacognitive conceptualization of cyberchondria might be appropriate. Metacognitive beliefs related to health a...
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Working in correctional facilities is highly stressful. Long-term stress has a detrimental effect on physical and mental wellbeing of prison personnel and decreases their job efficiency. However, they have low motivation for participating in stress reduction programs due to fear of stigma. Additionally, the correctional system itself has strict reg...
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Više od 60% osoba pretražuje informacije o svom zdravlju na Internetu. Brojna istraživanja upozoravaju na moguće opasnosti takve upotrebe Interneta, poput cyberhondrije koja se definira kao ekscesivno pretraživanje simptoma i bolesti na Internetu uz posljedični porast anksioznosti. Čini se kako su ovoj pojavi posebno sklone osobe s povišenom zdravs...
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Internet postaje sve važniji izvor informiranja o zdravlju, pa tako i stresu, te može pridonijeti oblikovanju ili jačanju specifičnih vjerovanja o stresu. Novija istraživanja pokazuju da negativna vjerovanja o stresu, primjerice vjerovanje da je stres štetan za naše zdravlje, mogu imati različite negativne posljedice. S druge strane, kratka edukaci...
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Clients' expectations about treatment, including beliefs about therapy process, duration, and roles, are among essential cognitive factors influencing psychotherapy process and outcome. Unmet expectations increase treatment drop-out. Furthermore, discrepancies between patients’ and therapists’ expectations have a negative effect on therapy process,...
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Seventy percent of persons suffering from mental disorders never seek professional help. Among those who seek psychotherapy, at least 20% end treatment prematurely. To a certain extent, these findings could be explained by clients’ unrealistic expectations about psychotherapy, which are especially interesting from cognitive-behavioral point of view...
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Očekivanja koja klijenti imaju o tome kako će psihoterapija izgledati među ključnim su kognitivnim čimbenicima koji utječu na proces i ishod psihoterapije. Ukoliko nisu ispunjena, rad na terapijskim ciljevima će biti otežan i konačni učinak terapije slabiji, a pokazuje se i da će nerijetko dovesti do odustajanja klijenta od terapije. Unatoč njihovo...
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Internet pages and forums are frequently used as a source of information about mental health and as a means to exchange experiences while coping with health difficulties. Informing via the Internet has an especially significant role in mental disorders because anonymity helps to avoid the stigma that follows mental illness. Studies show that 50-80%...
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In the general population, between 40 and 70% of us seek health information via the internet and approximately 30% seek information about anxiety, depression and stress. Yet, studies imply that health information found on the internet may be inaccurate or misleading. Beliefs that people have about their symptoms, which are at least partly formed by...
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Na temelju podataka Svjetske zdravstvene organizacije, svakih 40 sekundi jedna osoba na svijetu oduzme si život. Broj onih koji pokušaju, ali u tome ne uspiju, dvadest je puta veći. Procjenjuje se da je suicid među tri najčešća uzroka smrti u dobnoj skupini od 15 do 44 godine. Suicidalno ponašanje najčešće se javlja u okviru depresije, ovisnosti o...
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Anxiety sensitivity (AS) is defined as the fear of anxiety and anxiety-related physiological arousal. Anxiety sensitive persons percieve common anxiety-related symptoms as a sign of imminent personal harm, which increases their anxiety and puts them at risk for anxiety disorders, as well as other psychopathological problems. Recent studies indicate...
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Strah od simptoma anksioznosti (anksiozna osjetljivost) jedan je od rizičnih čimbenika za razvoj različitih psihičkih poremećaja. Pretpostavlja se da je razina anksiozne osjetljivosti uglavnom određena učenjem te da se istim zakonitostima učenja može i „odučiti“. Vrlo obećavajućima čine se kratke kognitivno- bihevioralne intervencije pa je cilj ovo...
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Ulazeći u romantični odnos, partneri u njega unose vlastita shvaćanja, očekivanja i ideje o tome što je prava ljubav i kakav bi taj odnos trebao biti. Prema kognitivnom modelu, ta vjerovanja najčešće nisu jasno artikulirana, no osjećaju se istinitima i stoga snažno utječu na obradu informacija u različitim situacijama i zadovoljstvo odnosom. Smatra...
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Prema kognitivno-bihevioralnom modelu, vjerovanja koja imamo o sebi, drugim ljudima i svijetu oko nas utječu na naše emocije i djelovanje. Psiholozi, kao stručnjaci koji rade s ljudima, trebaju biti osobito svjesni vlastitih uvjerenja, jer ona mogu ometati njihovu objektivnost i smanjiti profesionalnu učinkovitost. Budući da u svojem radu često pom...
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Most of the research on time perception has dealt with simplified stimuli presented in very short time intervals, sacrificing ecological validity. The present study assessed the effect of hyperventilation induced arousal on time perception within the retrospective paradigm in subjects with high and low anxiety sensitivity. Hyperventilation is known...
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Introduction: Anxiety sensitivity (AS) refers to concern over anxiety and related physiological arousal symptoms, stemming from the belief that such symptoms will result in aversive somatic, psychological, or social consequences. Many studies show that increased levels of AS may play a role in the development and maintenance of pathological anxiety...

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The aim of this project is to test the acceptability and efficacy of a modified MBCT stress reduction program (MBCT-S) which has been conducted with prison staff and police officers in Croatia. The second aim of this project is to explore the process and outcomes of MBCT teacher training (which is being conduced with mental health practitioners within the correctional system) using both qualitative and quantitative methods within a longitudinal design.
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Using a combination of theoretical models, empirical data and clinical experience, the main aim of this project is to research the positive and negative influences that new information technology have on health-related behavior, with particular emphasis on the type and quality of mental health information available on the Internet. The influence of the Internet on behavior will be conceptualized using cognitive models of health behavior.