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Envision A Bright Future to Heal Your Negative Mood: A Trial in China

Auteurs: Wenjing Zhou, Peizhi Li, Xu Lei, Hong Yuan

Gepubliceerd in: Cognitive Therapy and Research | Uitgave 2/2022

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Abstract

Background

Mental imagery can help people have meaningful experiences and improve their mental and physical health. This study aimed to explore the intervention effect of positive mental imagery training (imagery cognitive bias modification) on the negative emotions of Chinese college students with at least mild symptoms of depression.

Methods

A 2 (group: training group, non-training group) by 4 (time: pre-, post-, 1-week follow-up, and 6-week follow-up) mixed design was used in this study, with the group as the between-participants factor and the time as the within-participants factor. Forty-nine participants were pseudo-randomly assigned to either the imagery training group (received 7 days of training) or the non-training group (continued their daily lives as usual). Both groups were followed up at 1 week and 6 weeks after the intervention via online questionnaires. Repeated-measures analyses of variance were conducted using baseline, post-training (all participants, N = 49), and follow-up (N = 42) data.

Results

Compared to participants in the no training group, participants in the positive mental imagery training group showed improvements in depression symptoms and trait anxiety; as well as the likelihood rating of positive imagery across the subsequent three assessments. The vividness of positive imagery post-training also improved. However, there was no significant between-group difference in negative interpretation bias.

Conclusions

Positive mental imagery training effectively improved negative emotions and anxiety in adults with depression symptoms after 1 week of training, with these effects lasting for at least 6 weeks, indicating that this type of training should be further explored in China.
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Metagegevens
Titel
Envision A Bright Future to Heal Your Negative Mood: A Trial in China
Auteurs
Wenjing Zhou
Peizhi Li
Xu Lei
Hong Yuan
Publicatiedatum
11-08-2021
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Cognitive Therapy and Research / Uitgave 2/2022
Print ISSN: 0147-5916
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-2819
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10608-021-10246-0

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