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Mod Care J 2014, 11(2): 94-102 Back to browse issues page
Effectiveness of group dialectical behavior therapy on depression among patients with cancer
M Pishgar , M Nadimi , R Dastjerdi , F Shahabizadeh
M.Sc. of Clinical Psychology, Faculty of Humanities, Member of Young Researchers and Elites Club, Islamic Azad University, Birjand Branch, Birjand, Iran , tachara_alavi@yahoo.com
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  Background and Aim: Proportional to the etiology of depression among cancer patients, various treatment methods are known one of which is dialectical behavior therapy. This study investigated the effectiveness of group dialectical behavior therapy on decreasing depression level of patients with cancer.

  Materials and Methods: In this quasi-experimental study with pretest, posttest, and control group, 26 of cancer patients who referred to the chemotherapy centers in Shiraz in 2012 were selected through available sampling method and randomly divided into case and control groups. The case group participated in 16 ninety-minute sessions of dialectical behavior therapy, while the control group did not receive any treatment. The data collection tool was Beck Depression Inventory (BDI-II) whose reliability was determined 0.92 according to Chronbach's alpha. The data was analyzed in SPSS (version 18) using paired t-test and covariance analysis at the significant level P=0.05.

  Results: The results showed that the case group's mean depression score decreased from 14.11±4.4 to 5.92±3.87 which is statistically significant (P<0.001). No significant difference was observed in the control group.

  Conclusion: Findings of the study indicate that dialectical behavior therapy can reduce depression among cancer patients. Therefore, this finding can be used for planning on the basis of cognitive theory or for preventing and reducing depression among cancer patients.

Keywords: Depression, Cancer Patients, Dialectical Behavior Therapy
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Type of Study: Experimental | Subject: Clinical Psychology
Received: 2013/12/25 | Accepted: 2014/06/16 | Published: 2014/09/24
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Pishgar M, Nadimi M, Dastjerdi R, Shahabizadeh F. Effectiveness of group dialectical behavior therapy on depression among patients with cancer . Mod Care J. 2014; 11 (2) :94-102
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