Last updated on April 2018

Rumination Focus Cognitive Behavior Therapy


Brief description of study

  1. To investigate the efficacy and acceptability of a guided internet-delivered transdiagnostic intervention targeting repetitive negative thinking for individuals with elevated levels of depression and generalized anxiety disorder (mild to moderate clinical symptoms) vs a wait-list control group (WLCG).
  2. To investigate the hypothesized mechanism of change: Repetitive negative thinking is reduced first, and consequently the clinical symptoms (depression and/or anxiety) decrease.

Detailed Study Description

The effectiveness of a Rumination Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment (RF-CBT) will be compared with a wait list control group using a randomized control trial (RCT) design in a culture where this has not been tested before. The treatment approach was design to specifically target repetitive negative thinking (e.g., rumination and worries). Specifically, the treatment involves first a functional analysis design to help participants identify when rumination starts, distinguish between helpful versus unhelpful repetitive thinking, and learn more functional responses, and experiential and imagery exercises design to help them shift their thought processing towards concreteness, absorption and compassion. The main goal of the study is to test the effectiveness of this transdiagnostic approach in reducing symptom of depression and anxiety.

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT03507114

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