The Empirical Status of Irrational Beliefs in Rational Emotive Therapy

Oei T.P.S., Hansen J. and Miller S. (1993) The Empirical Status of Irrational Beliefs in Rational Emotive Therapy. Australian Psychologist, 28 3: 195-200. doi:10.1080/00050069308258901

Author Oei T.P.S.
Hansen J.
Miller S.
Title The Empirical Status of Irrational Beliefs in Rational Emotive Therapy
Journal name Australian Psychologist   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1742-9544
Publication date 1993-01-01
Year available 1993
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/00050069308258901
Open Access Status
Volume 28
Issue 3
Start page 195
End page 200
Total pages 6
Place of publication HOBOKEN
Language eng
Subject 1201 Architecture
3200 Psychology
Abstract This paper reviews recent studies of rational emotive, therapy (RET) to determine whether there is empirical evidence to support the assertion that the reasons for therapeutic gains in RET are via changing irrational to rational beliefs. Before such issues can be examined, problems with the definition and measurement of irrational beliefs are first discussed and the evidence pertaining to the validity of current measures is addressed. Treatment outcome studies using RET published between 1982 and 1988 were examined. While RET has been shown to be relatively efficacious, no evidence was found to support the assertion that the mechanism for the efficacy of RFT is via change of irrational beliefs to rational beliefs.
Keyword Cognitive Behavior-Therapy
Theoretical Foundations
Q-Index Code C1
Institutional Status Unknown

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