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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. Bereaved parents experience higher rates of depressive and post-traumatic stress symptoms after the stillbirth of a baby than after live-birth. Yet, these effects remain underreported in the literature and, co...

    Authors: Lynn L. Farrales, Joanne Cacciatore, Christine Jonas-Simpson, Shafik Dharamsi, Jaime Ascher and Michael C. Klein

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2020 8:18

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  2. While there has been research on catastrophic misinterpretation of ambiguous situations and on the effects of the induction of physiological arousal, there has been no experimental research on the relationship...

    Authors: Barnabas Ohst and Brunna Tuschen-Caffier

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2020 8:17

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  3. The risk of metastases in uveal melanoma can accurately be estimated through genetic analysis of the tumor. A growing number of patients decide to receive information on their prognosis, although this can be e...

    Authors: Marietta Lieb, Sefik Tagay, Anja Breidenstein, Tobias Hepp, Claudia H. D. Le Guin, Jennifer Scheel, Dietmar R. Lohmann, Norbert Bornfeld, Martin Teufel and Yesim Erim

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2020 8:8

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  4. Trust and respect may be an important component of client-provider relationships. This study aimed to develop and report preliminary psychometric analyses of a new brief measure to evaluate a patient’s level o...

    Authors: Paul Crits-Christoph, Agnes Rieger, Averi Gaines and Mary Beth Connolly Gibbons

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2019 7:91

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  5. Disturbances in bodily well-being represent one key source of suffering and impairment related to cancer. There is growing evidence that body psychotherapy (BPT) is efficacious for the treatment of various men...

    Authors: Astrid Grossert, Cornelia Meffert, Viviane Hess, Christoph Rochlitz, Miklos Pless, Sabina Hunziker, Brigitta Wössmer, Ulfried Geuter, Gunther Meinlschmidt and Rainer Schaefert

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2019 7:90

    Content type: Study protocol

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  6. Information on the prevalence of adjustment disorders among cancer patients and the value of psychological interventions in this group of patients is limited. This study investigates the prevalence of adjustme...

    Authors: Florie E. van Beek, Lonneke M. A. Wijnhoven, Femke Jansen, José A. E. Custers, Eline J. Aukema, Veerle M. H. Coupé, Pim Cuijpers, Marije L. van der Lee, Birgit I. Lissenberg-Witte, Ben Wijnen, Judith B. Prins and Irma M. Verdonck-de Leeuw

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2019 7:89

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  7. The 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi was a major traumatic event affecting nearly all Rwandans. Significant psychological sequels continue to occur in the population 25 years after, with a high prevalence of po...

    Authors: Celestin Mutuyimana, Vincent Sezibera, Epaphrodite Nsabimana, Lambert Mugabo, Cindi Cassady, Clarisse Musanabaganwa and Yvonne Kayiteshonga

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2019 7:84

    Content type: Research article

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  8. To our knowledge, no research project on alexithymia has been conducted in Lebanon. The objective of this study was to assess risk factors associated with alexithymia in a representative sample of the Lebanese...

    Authors: Sahar Obeid, Marwan Akel, Chadia Haddad, Kassandra Fares, Hala Sacre, Pascale Salameh and Souheil Hallit

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2019 7:80

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  9. In South Africa, the prevalence of symptoms of common mental disorders (CMD), i.e. depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts are high. This study aimed to use a cognitive interviewing technique to validate the...

    Authors: Zulfa Abrahams, Marguerite Schneider, Sally Field and Simone Honikman

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2019 7:77

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  10. Previous studies have found that perceptions of mental health related stigma can negatively impact help-seeking, particularly in military samples. Moreover, perceptions of stigma and barriers to care can vary ...

    Authors: Victoria Williamson, Neil Greenberg and Sharon A. M. Stevelink

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2019 7:75

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  11. For some young persons diagnosed with anorexia nervosa, treatment will inevitably involve phases where hospitalization is required. Inspired by the encouraging evidence-base for outpatient family-based treatme...

    Authors: Jan-Vegard Nilsen, Trine Wiig Hage, Øyvind Rø, Inger Halvorsen and Hanne Weie Oddli

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2019 7:72

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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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

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  16. 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

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  17. 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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  18. 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

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  19. 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

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  20. 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

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  21. 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

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  22. 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

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  23. 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

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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  31. 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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  32. 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

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  33. 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

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  34. 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

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  35. 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

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  36. 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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  37. 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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  38. 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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  39. 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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  40. 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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  41. 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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  42. 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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