Research In Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (Cbt) Has Had

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Research in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) has had recent success in effectively making CBT one of the most—if not the most—empirically supported psychotherapy (Spiegler, 2010). The more research in CBT, the more effective and understood the therapies are. Without a thorough understanding of how and why therapies work, it can be difficult to know which therapy would be most effective with a given patient. Additionally, the success of new innovations in third generation psychotherapies, such as acceptance and commitment therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and mindfulness-based interventions, is greatly attributed to research in CBT. Also, there is a growing amount of research of various minimally supported treatments within CBT…show more content…
Conversely, findings from studies that use outcome research can be used to identify the strength of one therapy over another. This is also important to determine so that patients receive the best type psychotherapy available to them. For example, a case study can suggest that minorities that fit a specified demographic do not respond to a commonly used treatment as well as a less used treatment for a specific psychological disorder. Although case studies often have issues with external validity because of small sample sizes, it is useful to know that if one therapy could be uncharacteristically more effective over another more widely used therapy for that specific demographic. Process research, unlike outcome research, is primarily used to determine how and why a therapy leads to the outcomes that it produces. In other words, process research seeks to understand the mechanisms of change of therapies. Process research is typically carried out with experiments designed to isolate and evaluate specific aspects of therapy. Also, process research can be carried out by collecting data through already published articles and comparing them against each other. Despite the importance of process research, it is less commonly carried out in comparison to outcome research. With that being said, McMain et al. (2015) expresses that with outcome studies being so widespread, there is not enough progress studies to answer important questions
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