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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. The aim of this metasynthesis was to explore adult anorexia nervosa (AN) treatment experiences, including facilitators and barriers to treatment engagement and ways that questions of identity and personal agen...

    Authors: Janet E. Conti, Caroline Joyce, Phillipa Hay and Tanya Meade

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2020 8:110

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  2. Trauma has a major impact on the mental health and wellbeing of people globally. Friends, family and members of the public are often well positioned to provide initial assistance if someone is experiencing ext...

    Authors: Kathryn J. Chalmers, Anthony F. Jorm, Claire M. Kelly, Nicola J. Reavley, Kathy S. Bond, Fairlie A. Cottrill and Judith Wright

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2020 8:105

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  3. Psychological well-being (PWB) refers to inter- and intra-individual levels of positive functioning that include one’s relatedness with others and self-referent attitudes that include one’s sense of mastery an...

    Authors: Emmanuel Biracyaza and Samuel Habimana

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2020 8:102

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  4. ‘Diabulimia’ is the term given to the deliberate administration of insufficient insulin for the purpose of weight loss. Although Diabulimia can be life-threatening and prevalence rates in diabetes are high, th...

    Authors: Sophie Elizabeth Coleman and Noreen Caswell

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2020 8:101

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  5. Being parents of children who display disruptive behavior problems (DBP) can pose several challenges. Interventions for children with DBP are primarily outpatient group parent training (PT) programs. The purpo...

    Authors: Britt-Marie Ljungström, Elisabeth Kenne Sarenmalm and Ulf Axberg

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2020 8:100

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  6. The Clinical Outcomes in Routine Evaluation-Outcome Measure (CORE-OM) is a pan-theoretical and pan-diagnostic measure of mental health designed to cover issues that people wish to change in psychotherapy. The ...

    Authors: Clara Paz, Guido Mascialino and Chris Evans

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2020 8:94

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  7. It is common for toddlers to display disruptive behaviors (e.g., tantrums, aggression, irritability) but when these become severe and persistent they can be the start of a trajectory towards poor outcomes in c...

    Authors: Jane Kohlhoff, Sara Cibralic, Nancy Wallace, Susan Morgan, Cathy McMahon, Erinn Hawkins, Valsamma Eapen, Nancy Briggs, Anna Huber and Cheryl McNeil

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2020 8:93

    Content type: Study protocol

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  8. The practice of mindfulness at home is a core component of standard eight-week mindfulness-based programmes (MBP). Teachers of mindfulness courses require an understanding of the factors that need to be addres...

    Authors: Jiva Masheder, Lone Fjorback and Christine E. Parsons

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2020 8:91

    Content type: Review

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  9. Instruments for monitoring the clinical status of adolescents with emotional problems are needed. The Clinical Outcomes in Routine Evaluation-Outcome Measure (CORE-OM) according to theory measures problems/sym...

    Authors: Veronica Lorentzen, Bjørn Helge Handegård, Connie Malén Moen, Kenth Solem, Kjersti Lillevoll and Ingunn Skre

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2020 8:86

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  10. The quality of maternal-infant bonding is related to important child outcomes. The literature has assumed that the ability to form relationships is a relatively stable trait, and research studies have suggeste...

    Authors: Dag Nordahl, Kamilla Rognmo, Agnes Bohne, Inger Pauline Landsem, Vibeke Moe, Catharina Elisabeth Arfwedson Wang and Ragnhild Sørensen Høifødt

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2020 8:58

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  11. The aim of this randomized wait-list controlled trial was to explore the effects of Mindfulness–Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) on risk and protective factors for depressive relapse within the domains of cognit...

    Authors: Elisabeth Schanche, Jon Vøllestad, Endre Visted, Julie Lillebostad Svendsen, Berge Osnes, Per Einar Binder, Petter Franer and Lin Sørensen

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2020 8:57

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  12. Need-oriented family support programs are examples of voluntary-based interventions increasingly recognized by the public sector as an important contribution to health and social care provision. Voluntary inte...

    Authors: Maiken Pontoppidan, Mette Thorsager, Arendse Tange Larsen and Mette Friis-Hansen

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2020 8:55

    Content type: Study protocol

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  13. Exposure therapy is the gold standard for treating childhood anxiety, yet not all youth improve. Children do not always have insight on their distress, which can limit the utility of self-reported units of dis...

    Authors: Caitlyn C. McCormack, Rebekah J. Mennies, Jennifer S. Silk and Lindsey B. Stone

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2020 8:48

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  14. Metacognition has been shown as a key contributor to Obsessive Compulsive Disorder as well as other anxiety-related disorders, yet its role in the development and maintenance of these disorders remains unclear...

    Authors: Roberto Gutierrez, Tulsi Hirani, Leo Curtis and Amanda K. Ludlow

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2020 8:40

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  15. Depression and obesity are significant global health concerns that commonly occur together. An integrated group cognitive behavioural therapy program was therefore developed to simultaneously address comorbid ...

    Authors: Taryn Lores, Michael Musker, Kathryn Collins, Anne Burke, Seth W. Perry, Ma-Li Wong and Julio Licinio

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2020 8:34

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  16. Individuals tend to have an optimism bias, processing desirable information more frequently than undesirable information. However, people who have been diagnosed with depression often have a more pessimistic v...

    Authors: Shinpei Yoshimura and Yuma Hashimoto

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2020 8:28

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  17. This study aims to investigate effectiveness of a 6-week, transdiagnostic cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for anxiety and depression in adolescents, the Structured Material for Therapy (SMART), in naturalis...

    Authors: Veronica Lorentzen, Kenneth Fagermo, Bjørn Helge Handegård, Ingunn Skre and Simon-Peter Neumer

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2020 8:25

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  18. Attachment and spirituality are thought to have deep evolutionary roots but are always interpreted within the framework of culture, religion and personal beliefs. While insecure attachment has been observed to...

    Authors: Michaela Hiebler-Ragger, Shanmukh V. Kamble, Elisabeth Aberer and Human Friedrich Unterrainer

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2020 8:21

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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  23. 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

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  24. 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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  25. 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

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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. 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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  37. 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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  38. 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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  39. 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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  40. 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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  41. 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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  42. 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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  43. 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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