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01-10-2014 | Original Article | Uitgave 5/2014

Cognitive Therapy and Research 5/2014

Assessing Patients’ Cognitive Therapy Skills: Initial Evaluation of the Competencies of Cognitive Therapy Scale

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Cognitive Therapy and Research > Uitgave 5/2014
Auteurs:
Daniel R. Strunk, Shannon N. Hollars, Abby D. Adler, Lizabeth A. Goldstein, Justin D. Braun
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The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Center for Research Resources, the National Institutes of Health, or the American Psychological Association.
Portions of the results reported in this manuscript were reported at the annual convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies in November, 2013.

Abstract

In cognitive therapy (CT), therapists work to help patients develop skills to cope with negative affect. Most current methods of assessing patients’ skills are cumbersome and impractical for clinical use. To address this issue, we developed and conducted an initial psychometric evaluation of self- and therapist-reported versions of a new measure of CT skills: the Competencies of Cognitive Therapy Scale (CCTS). We evaluated the CCTS at intake and post-treatment in a sample of 67 patients participating in CT. The CCTS correlated with a preexisting measure of CT skills (the Ways of Responding Questionnaire) and was also related to concurrent depressive symptoms. Across CT, self-reported improvements in CT competencies were associated with greater changes in depressive symptoms. These findings offer initial evidence for the validity of the CCTS. We discuss the CCTS in comparison with other measures of CT skills and suggest future research directions.

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