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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. To bridge the gap between symptoms and treatment, constructing case formulations is essential for clinicians. Limited scientific value has been attributed to case formulations because of problems with quality,...

    Authors: Øystein Sørbye, Hanne-Sofie J. Dahl, Tracy D. Eells, Svein Amlo, Anne Grete Hersoug, Unn K. Haukvik, Cecilie B. Hartberg, Per Andreas Høglend and Randi Ulberg

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2019 7:67

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  2. Although clinical supervision is considered to be a major component of the development and maintenance of psychotherapeutic competencies, and despite an increase in supervision research, the empirical evidence...

    Authors: Franziska Kühne, Jana Maas, Sophia Wiesenthal and Florian Weck

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2019 7:54

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  3. Clinical anxiety is common during the perinatal period, and anxiety symptoms often persist after childbirth. Ten to 30 % of perinatal women are diagnosed with panic disorder (PD)—far more than the 1.5–3% rate ...

    Authors: Kazuki Matsumoto, Koichi Sato, Sayo Hamatani, Yukihiko Shirayama and Eiji Shimizu

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2019 7:53

    Content type: Case report

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  4. Depressive disorder is ranked as the largest contributor to non-fatal health burden. However, with prompt treatment, outcomes can improve. Family and friends are well placed to recognise the signs of depressio...

    Authors: Kathy S. Bond, Fairlie A. Cottrill, Fiona L. Blee, Claire M. Kelly, Betty A. Kitchener and Anthony F. Jorm

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2019 7:37

    Content type: Research article

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  5. Self-management is an important factor in maintaining and promoting mental health and recovery from mental health challenges. Thus, it is important to assess and support mental health self-management. In this ...

    Authors: Yasuko Morita, Yuki Miyamoto, Ayumi Takano, Norito Kawakami and Simon Coulombe

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2019 7:30

    Content type: Research article

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  6. Attentional biases are a relatively robust phenomenon among clinical populations but less pronounced in healthy participants. However, regarding the components of attentional biases and the directions of atten...

    Authors: Benjamin Iffland, Angelina Weitkämper, Nicolai J. Weitkämper and Frank Neuner

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2019 7:12

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  7. This study investigated the long-term effects (12 months post-rehabilitation) of a standard inpatient multidisciplinary rehabilitation program for patients with chronic low back pain (CLBP), in which a control...

    Authors: P. Hampel, A. Köpnick and S. Roch

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2019 7:6

    Content type: Research Article

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  8. Accumulating evidence shows that a cognitive factor associated with a worsening of depressive symptoms amongst people with and without diagnoses of depression – reduced Autobiographical Memory (rAMS) – can be ...

    Authors: Kris Martens, Tom J. Barry, Keisuke Takano and Filip Raes

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2019 7:5

    Content type: Research article

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  9. Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a common sequelae of severe combat-related emotional trauma that is often associated with significantly reduced quality of life in afflicted veterans. To date, no publi...

    Authors: L. E. Pezzin, E. R. Larson, W. Lorber, E. L. McGinley and Timothy R. Dillingham

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2018 6:60

    Content type: Research article

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  10. Human trafficking is a pervasive global crime with important public health implications that entail fundamental human rights violations in the form of severe exploitation, violence and coercion. Sex-specific a...

    Authors: Lisbeth Iglesias-Rios, Siobán D. Harlow, Sarah A. Burgard, Ligia Kiss and Cathy Zimmerman

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2018 6:56

    Content type: Research article

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  11. The aim of this study was to explore changes in the Compulsive Exercise Test (CET) following a family-based intervention in adolescents with restrictive eating disorders (ED). It was hypothesized that compulsi...

    Authors: Ingemar Swenne

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2018 6:55

    Content type: Research article

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  12. There is no generic psychotherapy outcome measure validated for Kenyan populations. The objective of this study was to test the acceptability and factor structure of the Clinical Outcomes in Routine Evaluation...

    Authors: Fredrik Falkenström, Manasi Kumar, Aiysha Zahid, Mary Kuria and Caleb Othieno

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2018 6:48

    Content type: Research article

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  13. A broad range of psychopathological sequelae was found in adult survivors of institutional childhood maltreatment (IM). Childhood maltreatment is also associated with lower self–esteem (SE). In previous qualit...

    Authors: Dina Weindl and Brigitte Lueger-Schuster

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2018 6:47

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  14. Previous research has demonstrated that making music can enhance positive emotions as well as support positive psychological functioning. However, studies tend to be limited by lack of comparison with other ps...

    Authors: Rosie Perkins, Sarah Yorke and Daisy Fancourt

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2018 6:41

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  15. Post-natal Depression (PND) is a depressive disorder that causes significant distress or impairment on different levels in the individual’s life and their families. There is already evidence of the efficacy of...

    Authors: George Stamou, Azucena García-Palacios and Cristina Botella

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2018 6:28

    Content type: Review

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  16. Depression and anxiety disorders are a major concern in western countries, and because these often have a negative affect on everyday life interventions based on activities in everyday life are needed. The Tre...

    Authors: A. Birgitta Gunnarsson, Petra Wagman, Katarina Hedin and Carita Håkansson

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2018 6:25

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  17. It remains unclear to what extent treatment-related gains in posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms translate to improvements in broader domains of personal wellbeing, such as community connectedness, l...

    Authors: David Berle, Dominic Hilbrink, Clare Russell-Williams, Rachael Kiely, Laura Hardaker, Natasha Garwood, Anne Gilchrist and Zachary Steel

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2018 6:7

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  18. Physical injury and psychological disorder following a motor vehicle crash (MVC) is a public health concern. The objective of this research was to determine rates of major depressive disorder (MDD) and post-tr...

    Authors: Rebecca Guest, Yvonne Tran, Bamini Gopinath, Ian D. Cameron and Ashley Craig

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2018 6:4

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  19. Breast cancer diagnosis and treatment represent stressful events that demand emotional adjustment, thus recruiting coping strategies and defense mechanisms. As parental relations were shown to influence emotio...

    Authors: Chiara Renzi, Giada Perinel, Paola Arnaboldi, Sara Gandini, Valeria Vadilonga, Nicole Rotmensz, Angela Tagini, Florence Didier and Gabriella Pravettoni

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2017 5:37

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  20. Hope and resilience protect against inner vulnerabilities or harsh life circumstances; they explain individual differences in physical or mental health outcomes under high stress. They have been studied in com...

    Authors: Roxanna Morote, Odin Hjemdal, Karolina Krysinska, Patricia Martinez Uribe and Jozef Corveleyn

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2017 5:36

    Content type: Research article

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  21. Parenting interventions that focus on enhancing the quality and consistency of parenting are effective for preventing and reducing externalising problems in children. There has been a recent shift towards onli...

    Authors: Lucy A. Tully, Patrycja J. Piotrowska, Daniel A. J. Collins, Kathleen S. Mairet, David J. Hawes, Eva R. Kimonis, Rhoshel K. Lenroot, Caroline Moul, Vicki Anderson, Paul J. Frick and Mark R. Dadds

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2017 5:21

    Content type: Study protocol

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  22. Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) represents a unique clinical challenge for patients and health care providers due to unclear etiology and lack of specific treatment. Characteristic patterns of behavior and cogn...

    Authors: Johanna M. Doerr, Daniela S. Jopp, Michael Chajewski and Urs M. Nater

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2017 5:6

    Content type: Research article

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  23. 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 ...

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

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2017 5:5

    Content type: Study protocol

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  24. Adherence to treatment homework is associated with positive outcomes in behavioral psychotherapy but compliance to assignments is still often moderate. Whether adherence can be predicted by different types of ...

    Authors: Sven Alfonsson, Karin Johansson, Jonas Uddling and Timo Hursti

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2017 5:3

    Content type: Research article

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  25. Adult emotion regulation is not only occurring within the person but includes strategies that happen in social interactions and that are framed as co-regulating. The current study investigates the role of the ...

    Authors: Andrea B. Horn and Andreas Maercker

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2016 4:51

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  26. 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...

    Authors: Lars-Gunnar Lundh, Terese Petersson and Martin Wolgast

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2016 4:44

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  27. 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...

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

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2016 4:40

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  28. 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...

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

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2016 4:39

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  29. Huntington’s disease is a progressive, neurodegenerative disease with autosomal dominant inheritance, characterized by motor disturbances, cognitive decline and behavioral and psychological symptoms. Since the...

    Authors: Monique van Bruggen-Rufi, Annemieke Vink, Wilco Achterberg and Raymund Roos

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2016 4:38

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  30. 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...

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

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2016 4:21

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  31. 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...

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

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2016 4:20

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  32. 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...

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

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2016 4:13

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  33. 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...

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

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2016 4:12

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  34. 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...

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

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2016 4:11

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  35. 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...

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

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2016 4:10

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  36. 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...

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

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2016 4:8

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  37. 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...

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

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2016 4:6

    Content type: Research article

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  38. 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...

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

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2016 4:4

    Content type: Research article

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  39. Sleep problems are a major risk factor for the emergence of depression in adolescence. The aim of this study was to test whether an intervention for improving sleep habits could prevent the emergence of depres...

    Authors: Joanna M. Waloszek, Orli Schwartz, Julian G. Simmons, Matthew Blake, Laura Blake, Greg Murray, Monika Raniti, Ronald E. Dahl, Neil O’Brien-Simpson, Paul Dudgeon, John Trinder and Nicholas B. Allen

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2015 3:39

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  40. Obesity is public health problem associated with significant health risks and healthcare costs. Behavioral weight control programs produce clinically meaningful weight losses, however outcomes have high variab...

    Authors: Jason Lillis, Heather M Niemeier, Kathryn M Ross, J Graham Thomas, Tricia Leahey, Jessica Unick, Kathleen E Kendra and Rena R Wing

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2015 3:17

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  41. Traumatized refugees often report significant levels of chronic pain in addition to posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms, and more information is needed to understand pain in refugees exposed to traumatic ev...

    Authors: Dinu-Stefan Teodorescu, Trond Heir, Johan Siqveland, Edvard Hauff, Tore Wentzel-Larsen and Lars Lien

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2015 3:7

    Content type: Research article

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  42. Health care providers often inaccurately perceive depression in cancer patients. The principal aim of this study was to examine oncologist-patient agreement on specific depressive symptoms, and to identify pot...

    Authors: Lucie Gouveia, Sophie Lelorain, Anne Brédart, Sylvie Dolbeault, Angélique Bonnaud-Antignac, Florence Cousson-Gélie and Serge Sultan

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2015 3:6

    Content type: Research article

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