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Gepubliceerd in: Cognitive Therapy and Research 6/2011

01-12-2011 | Brief Report

The Therapeutic Effects of Completing Autobiographical Memory Questionnaires for Positive and Negative Events: An Experimental Approach

Auteurs: Adriel Boals, Lisa M. Hathaway, David C. Rubin

Gepubliceerd in: Cognitive Therapy and Research | Uitgave 6/2011

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Abstract

Rubin et al. (Cognit Ther Res 34:35–48, 2010) demonstrated that completing autobiographical memory questionnaires about a very negative event leads to decreases in levels of distress related to that event. However, a limitation of their methodology was that perhaps completing the memory questionnaire about any autobiographical memory could produce the reported effects. In the current study, 238 participants nominated a very negative and a very positive event from their lives. Participants were then randomly assigned to complete autobiographical memory questionnaires about either their nominated negative or nominated positive event. The results generally replicated the pattern reported in Rubin et al. In comparison to participants who completed questionnaires about a positive event, participants who completed the memory questionnaires about their nominated negative event evidenced decreases in emotional reactions and distress levels. Implications for completing autobiographical memory questionnaires about negative events as a possible therapeutic tool are discussed.
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Metagegevens
Titel
The Therapeutic Effects of Completing Autobiographical Memory Questionnaires for Positive and Negative Events: An Experimental Approach
Auteurs
Adriel Boals
Lisa M. Hathaway
David C. Rubin
Publicatiedatum
01-12-2011
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Cognitive Therapy and Research / Uitgave 6/2011
Print ISSN: 0147-5916
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-2819
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10608-011-9412-9