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How Clients Conceptualize the ABC Framework

  • Windy Dryden
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Part of the SpringerBriefs in Psychology book series (BRIEFSPSYCHOL)

Abstract

The exploratory research on which this chapter has been based set out to develop an initial framework and categorization scheme for understanding patients’ initial doubts, reservations, and objections to the ABCs of REBT and their application. Sixty patients were asked to write down their doubts following a pre-therapy “Introduction to REBT” session. Subsequently, an emergent content analysis was carried out to identify main themes. The content analysis revealed five general categories, of which the two largest ones concerned theoretical doubts about the ABC model and doubts about putting the ABC model into practice. Further subcategorization revealed a variety of concerns that related to these categories. For example, a large proportion of doubts about putting the ABC model into practice were subcategorized as concerning the perceived difficulty of doing so. In turn, this subcategory contained further subcategories of difficulty-related beliefs.

Keywords

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Irrational Belief Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy Rational Belief Severe Emotional Disturbance 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Windy Dryden
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  1. 1.GoldsmithsUniversity of LondonLondonUK

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