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    An experimental test of a cognitive defusion exercise.


    Healy, Hilary-Anne and Barnes-Holmes, Dermot and Barnes-Holmes, Yvonne and Keogh, Claire and Luciano, Carmen and Wilson, Kelly (2008) An experimental test of a cognitive defusion exercise. The Psychological record, 58. pp. 623-640. ISSN 0033-2933

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    Abstract

    This study investigated the impact of defusion on a nonclinical sample ( n = 60) in the context of negative (e.g., “I am a bad person”) and positive (e.g., “I am whole”) self-statements. Participants were assigned to one of three experimental conditions (Pro-Defusion, Anti-Defusion, and Neutral) that manipulated instruc - tions about the impact of a defusion strategy. Defusion was also manipulated through the visual presentation of the self-statements, with each presented in three formats (Normal, Defused, Abnormal). Participants rated each self-state - ment for comfort, believability, and willingness. Although the instructions did not affect ratings, negative statements presented in the defused format de - creased discomfort and increased willingness and believability relative to the nondefused statements. The findings suggest using defusion strategies in coping with negative psychological content

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: cognitive defusion exercise;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Psychology
    Item ID: 4954
    Depositing User: Yvonne Barnes-Holmes
    Date Deposited: 13 May 2014 16:10
    Journal or Publication Title: The Psychological record
    Publisher: Springer Verlag
    Refereed: Yes
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