Could We Speed This Up? Accelerating Progress in Research on Mechanisms of Change in Cognitive Therapy of Depression
Article first published online: 23 JUL 2007
Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice
Volume 14, Issue 3, pages 240–243, September 2007
How to Cite
Haaga, D. A. F. (2007), Could We Speed This Up? Accelerating Progress in Research on Mechanisms of Change in Cognitive Therapy of Depression. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 14: 240–243. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-2850.2007.00082.x
- Issue published online: 23 JUL 2007
- Article first published online: 23 JUL 2007
- Received December 19, 2006; revised January 5, 2007; accepted January 12, 2007.
- cognitive therapy;
- mechanisms of change;
- research progress
Garratt, Ingram, Rand, and Sawalani (2007) comprehensively reviewed research on the specificity of effects of cognitive therapy on depression, as well as the mediating mechanisms of these effects. Comparing their findings with those of a similar review by Whisman (1993), it seems that progress in this area has been slow. Several suggestions are made for accelerating progress in understanding mechanisms of change in cognitive therapy: (a) more work on measurement development; (b) more efficient use of the existing database; (c) disaggregation of complex treatment packages; and (d) more consistent simultaneous consideration of multiple hypotheses.