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Beneficial effects of training in self-distancing and perspective broadening for people with a history of recurrent depression

Travers-Hill, Emma, Dunn, Barnaby D., Hoppitt, Laura, Hitchcock, Caitlin, Dalgleish, Tim (2017) Beneficial effects of training in self-distancing and perspective broadening for people with a history of recurrent depression. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 95 . pp. 19-28. ISSN 0005-7967. (doi:10.1016/j.brat.2017.05.008) (KAR id:89271)

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Abstract

Cognitive training designed to recalibrate maladaptive aspects of cognitive-affective processing associated with the presence of emotional disorder can deliver clinical benefits. This study examined the ability of an integrated training in self-distancing and perspective broadening (SD-PB) with respect to distressing experiences to deliver such benefits in individuals with a history of recurrent depression (≥3 prior episodes), currently in remission. Relative to an overcoming avoidance (OA) control condition, SD-PB: a) reduced distress to upsetting memories and to newly encountered events, both during training when explicitly instructed to apply SD-PB techniques, and after-training in the absence of explicit instructions; b) enhanced capacity to self-distance from and broaden perspectives on participants' experiences; c) reduced residual symptoms of depression. These data provide initial support for SD-PB as a low-intensity cognitive training providing a spectrum of cognitive and affective benefits for those with recurrent depression who are at elevated risk of future episodes.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1016/j.brat.2017.05.008
Uncontrolled keywords: Self-distancing, Perspective broadening, Decentering, Depression, Cognitive training
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Emma Travers-Hill
Date Deposited: 14 Jul 2021 13:35 UTC
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2021 14:59 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/89271 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Travers-Hill, Emma: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7589-4043
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