Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy as a treatment for depression

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dc.contributor.author Su, Yile
dc.date.accessioned 2018-04-19T14:55:59Z
dc.date.available 2018-04-19T14:55:59Z
dc.date.issued 2018-05-01 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/38813
dc.description.abstract This study examined the efficacy of EMDR therapy as a treatment for unipolar depression. Results provide preliminary evidence for the efficacy of EMDR therapy. Of the 12 participants that received 10 sessions of EMDR therapy, four met the criteria for “Recovered,” six “Improved” and two reported no change in severity of depressive symptoms. Results further indicated that participants who experienced decline in depressive symptoms within the first six sessions of treatment had a higher probability to be meet the criteria for “Recovered.” A small sample comparison between EMDR therapy (n = 4) and CBT (n = 4) did not find any significant difference in terms of treatment outcome. In phase 2, participants in both groups either improved or recovered after 10 sessions of treatment. Sudden gains analysis indicated that 5 out of 12 EMDR therapy participants had sudden gains. Participants in sudden gains group were more likely to meet “Recovered” criteria than participants in no-gains group. Examination of attention bias found that depression was positively related to negative affect fixation duration and negatively related to positive affect fixation duration when only using female affect images. These findings support previous research that used attention bias to differentiate depressed and non-depressed persons. Clinical implication and further research are discussed. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject Depression en_US
dc.subject Treatment
dc.subject EMDR therapy
dc.subject Sudden gains
dc.subject Attention bias
dc.title Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy as a treatment for depression en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.degree Master of Science en_US
dc.description.level Masters en_US
dc.description.department School of Family Studies and Human Services en_US
dc.description.advisor Joyce Baptist en_US
dc.date.published 2018 en_US
dc.date.graduationmonth May en_US


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