Behavioral activation treatments for depression in adults: A meta-analysis and review

Mazzucchelli, Trevor, Kane, Robert and Rees, Clare (2009) Behavioral activation treatments for depression in adults: A meta-analysis and review. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 16 4: 383-411. doi:10.1111/j.1468-2850.2009.01178.x


Author Mazzucchelli, Trevor
Kane, Robert
Rees, Clare
Title Behavioral activation treatments for depression in adults: A meta-analysis and review
Journal name Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0969-5893
1468-2850
Publication date 2009-12
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1468-2850.2009.01178.x
Volume 16
Issue 4
Start page 383
End page 411
Total pages 29
Place of publication Hoboken, NJ, United States
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Language eng
Abstract Behavioral activation (BA) treatments for depression require patients to increase overt behavior to bring them in contact with reinforcing environmental contingencies. This meta-analysis sought to identify all randomized controlled studies of BA, determine the effect of this approach, and examine the differential effectiveness of variants. Thirty-four studies with 2,055 participants reporting symptoms of depression were included. The pooled effect size indicating the difference between BA and control conditions at posttest was 0.78. For participants who satisfied the criteria for major depressive disorder, the overall effect size of 0.74 remained large and significant. No differences in effectiveness between BA and cognitive therapy were found. BA may be considered a well-established and advantageous alternative to other treatments of depression.
Keyword Behavioral activation
Cognitive therapy
Depression
Meta-analysis
Psychotherapy
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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