An evaluation of a CBT group for women with low self-esteem

Liza Morton, Louise Roach, Helen Reid, Scott Hallam Stewart

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Self-esteem is an important factor in the development and maintenance of good psychological health. Low self-esteem can be a consequence of mental health disorders (such as depression, anxiety and panic) or it can be a vulnerability factor for the development of such problems.
The current study reports pilot findings from a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) group intervention for 37 adult women with low self-esteem, based on Fennell's Overcoming Low Self-Esteem Self-Help Course.
Findings suggest that the group is (statistically and clinically) effective at increasing levels of self-esteem and at reducing levels of depression and anxiety.
Together, results suggest that the group provides an efficient and therapeutically beneficial service. However, since these findings are limited by the lack of control or follow-up data, they warrant further investigation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)221-225
Number of pages5
JournalBehavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy
Issue number2
Early online date9 Jun 2011
Publication statusPublished - 31 Mar 2012


  • self esteem
  • psychotherapy
  • cognitive behaviour therapy
  • clinical intervention
  • group

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