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The role of irrational beliefs in the rational emotive behavior theory of depression

Vol V, No. 1, 2005 Comments (0)

Bianca MACAVEI*
Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Abstract
In the REBT theory of psychopathology major depression is associated with the endorsement of irrational beliefs. The present pilot study aims to extend the investigation of the major assumptions of the theory, by using a measure of IB (ABS2) that has good discriminant validity, allows the discrete evaluation of irrationality, rationality, demandingness, self-downing, frustration tolerance and awfulizing, and has been validated for the Romanian population. Subjects with major depression, subclinical dysphoria and controls were compared with regards to IBs. Results confirm that clinical depression is indeed accompanied by irrationality. Also, some IBs have been found to be associated with subclinical depressive symptoms.

Key words: rational emotive behavior theory, irrational beliefs, the Attitudes and Belief Scale 2

Pages: 73-81

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