Clinical psychology and psychotherapy

This section is dedicated to covering all aspects of clinical psychology and psychotherapy. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, cognitive behavioral therapy, deep brain stimulation, psychological testing, assessment and treatment of mental illness, and health psychology to name but a few. We welcome various types of treatment approaches on wide areas of practical, theoretical, or methodological interest to the field of clinical psychology. We also welcome epidemiology studies.

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  1. Study protocol

    A tailored compassion-focused therapy program for sexual minority young adults with depressive symotomatology: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial

    Lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) men and women represent one of the highest-risk populations for depressive symptomatology and disorders, with young LGB adults being at greatest risk. To date, there have been ...

    Christopher A. Pepping, Anthony Lyons, Ruth McNair, James N. Kirby, Nicola Petrocchi and Paul Gilbert

    BMC Psychology 2017 5:5

    Published on: 1 March 2017

  2. Research article

    The neglect of treatment-construct validity in psychotherapy research: a systematic review of comparative RCTs of psychotherapy for Borderline Personality Disorder

    Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) are considered the best methodology for studying the efficacy of psychotherapy. Optimally an RCT design makes it possible to conclude that if one treatment has a better outc...

    Lars-Gunnar Lundh, Terese Petersson and Martin Wolgast

    BMC Psychology 2016 4:44

    Published on: 24 August 2016

  3. Study protocol

    Psychological skills training and a mindfulness-based intervention to enhance functional athletic performance: design of a randomized controlled trial using ambulatory assessment

    Struggling to deliver performance in competitions is one of the main reasons why athletes seek the advice of sport psychologists. Psychologists apply a variety of intervention techniques, many of which are not...

    Philipp Röthlin, Daniel Birrer, Stephan Horvath and Martin grosse Holtforth

    BMC Psychology 2016 4:39

    Published on: 26 July 2016

  4. Study protocol

    Comparison of two psycho-educational family group interventions for improving psycho-social outcomes in persons with spinal cord injury and their caregivers: a randomized-controlled trial of multi-family group intervention versus an active education control condition

    Over 12,000 individuals suffer a spinal cord injury (SCI) annually in the United States, necessitating long-term, complex adjustments and responsibilities for patients and their caregivers. Despite growing evi...

    Dennis G. Dyck, Douglas L. Weeks, Sarah Gross, Crystal Lederhos Smith, Hilary A. Lott, Aimee J. Wallace and Sonya M. Wood

    BMC Psychology 2016 4:40

    Published on: 26 July 2016

  5. Research article

    The effectiveness of email-based exercises in promoting psychological wellbeing and healthy lifestyle: a two-year follow-up study

    Web-based interventions provide a possibility to enhance well-being in large groups of people. Only a few studies have studied the effectiveness of the interventions and there is no information on the sustaina...

    Minna Torniainen-Holm, Maiju Pankakoski, Tuomas Lehto, Osmo Saarelma, Pekka Mustonen, Kaisla Joutsenniemi and Jaana Suvisaari

    BMC Psychology 2016 4:21

    Published on: 17 May 2016

  6. Research article

    Mental health of college students and their non-college-attending peers: results from a large French cross-sectional survey

    The great majority of mental disorders begin during adolescence or early adulthood, although they are often detected and treated later in life. To compare mental health status of college students and their non...

    Viviane Kovess-Masfety, Emmanuelle Leray, Laure Denis, Mathilde Husky, Isabelle Pitrou and Florence Bodeau-Livinec

    BMC Psychology 2016 4:20

    Published on: 21 April 2016

  7. Study protocol

    Single-session dialectical behavior therapy skills training versus relaxation training for non-treatment-engaged suicidal adults: a randomized controlled trial

    Individuals who are not engaged in treatment are commonly overlooked in the design of intervention trials targeting suicidal populations as a result of recruitment methodology that requires individuals to be r...

    Erin F. Ward-Ciesielski, Connor B. Jones, Madeline D. Wielgus, Chelsey R. Wilks and Marsha M. Linehan

    BMC Psychology 2016 4:13

    Published on: 24 March 2016

  8. Research article

    Validation of the Flourishing Scale in a sample of people with suboptimal levels of mental well-being

    There is growing interest in measuring the eudaimonic perspective of mental well-being (social and psychological well-being) alongside existing measures of the hedonic perspective of mental well-being (subject...

    Marijke Schotanus-Dijkstra, Peter M. ten Klooster, Constance H. C. Drossaert, Marcel E. Pieterse, Linda Bolier, Jan A. Walburg and Ernst T. Bohlmeijer

    BMC Psychology 2016 4:12

    Published on: 17 March 2016

  9. Research article

    Exploring the relationship of decentering to health related concepts and cognitive and metacognitive processes in a student sample

    Decentering, a central change strategy of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, is a process of stepping outside of one’s own mental events leading to an objective and non-judging stance towards the self. The s...

    Ramona Kessel, Judith Gecht, Thomas Forkmann, Barbara Drueke, Siegfried Gauggel and Verena Mainz

    BMC Psychology 2016 4:11

    Published on: 8 March 2016

  10. Study protocol

    Study protocol - efficacy of an attachment-based working alliance in the multimodal pain treatment

    The concept of attachment is relevant for the onset and development of chronic pain. Insecure attachment styles negatively affect therapeutic outcome. Insecurely attached patients seem to be less able to susta...

    Ann-Christin Pfeifer, Dorothee Amelung, Carina Gerigk, Corinna Schroeter, Johannes Ehrenthal, Eva Neubauer and Marcus Schiltenwolf

    BMC Psychology 2016 4:10

    Published on: 16 February 2016

  11. Research article

    Psychometric properties of the Positive Mental Health Scale (PMH-scale)

    In recent years, it has been increasingly recognized that the absence of mental disorder is not the same as the presence of positive mental health (PMH). With the PMH-scale we propose a short, unidimensional s...

    Justina Lukat, Jürgen Margraf, Rainer Lutz, William M. van der Veld and Eni S. Becker

    BMC Psychology 2016 4:8

    Published on: 10 February 2016

  12. Research article

    How a concerned family member, friend or member of the public can help someone with gambling problems: a Delphi consensus study

    Gambling is an enjoyable recreational pursuit for many people. However, for some it can lead to significant harms. The Delphi expert consensus method was used to develop guidelines for how a concerned family m...

    Kathy S. Bond, Anthony F. Jorm, Helen E. Miller, Simone N. Rodda, Nicola J. Reavley, Claire M. Kelly and Betty A. Kitchener

    BMC Psychology 2016 4:6

    Published on: 3 February 2016

  13. Research article

    Self-regulation of healthy nutrition: automatic and controlled processes

    Self-regulatory behaviour refers to both controlled and automatic processes. When people are distracted, automatic over controlled processes prevail. This was analysed with regard to nutritional behaviour (foo...

    Heike Eschenbeck, Uwe Heim-Dreger, Amina Steinhilber and Carl-Walter Kohlmann

    BMC Psychology 2016 4:4

    Published on: 30 January 2016

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