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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Abstract

BACKGROUND:
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.
AIMS AND METHOD:
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.
RESULTS:
Findings suggest that the group is (statistically and clinically) effective at increasing levels of self-esteem and at reducing levels of depression and anxiety.
CONCLUSIONS:
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
Volume40
Issue number2
Early online date9 Jun 2011
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 Mar 2012

Keywords

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

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