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Behavioral Activation Treatment for Major Depressive Disorder: A Pilot Investigation
Preventive and Behavioral Medicine Publications and Presentations
  • Jenifer M. Cullen, Arbour-Fuller Hospital/Advocates Inc.
  • C. Richard Spates, Western Michigan University
  • Sherry L. Pagoto, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Neal Doran, University of California, San Diego
UMMS Affiliation
Department of Medicine, Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine
Publication Date
Document Type
Depressive Disorder, Major; Behavior Therapy; Cognitive Therapy
Behavioral activation (BA) has emerged as an effective intervention for major depressive disorder. Previous research has indicated that it is as effective as the full cognitive behavioral treatment package (CBT). Conceptualized to consume fewer participant sessions, BA may be more efficient and cost-effective than CBT. With depression among the most common diagnoses in practice settings, NIMH's recent vision statement calls for continued research devoted to cost- and time-effective targeted treatment alternatives, including "behavioral activation as a more simply behavioral form of CBT" (NIMH, 2005, p. 92). The present investigation piloted a 10-week individual intervention model of BA with medicated and unmedicated participants in a clinical research setting. This follows our earlier report (Porter, Spates, & Smitham, 2004) of an efficacious group-administered BA intervention. In comparison to the group intervention, end state functioning of participants in the present investigation revealed more robust symptom reductions to within the fully recovered range of functioning.
Cullen, J., Spates, R., Pagoto, S.L., & Doran, N. (2006). Behavioral activation treatment for major depressive disorder: A pilot investigation. Behavior Analyst Today.7(1), 151-166. Link to article on publisher's website
Citation Information
Jenifer M. Cullen, C. Richard Spates, Sherry L. Pagoto and Neal Doran. "Behavioral Activation Treatment for Major Depressive Disorder: A Pilot Investigation" Vol. 7 Iss. 1 (2006)
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