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Terapia psicológica

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COTO-LESMES, Rocío; FERNANDEZ-RODRIGUEZ, Concepción  and  GONZALEZ-FERNANDEZ, Sonia. Behavioral Activation in group format for anxiety and depression. A systematic review. Ter Psicol [online]. 2020, vol.38, n.1, pp.63-84. ISSN 0718-4808.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0718-48082020000100063.

Given the high prevalence of Common Mental Disorders (CMD), group-based Behavioral Activation (BA) could be an efficacious, effective and more efficient approach. The objective of this work is to review the published studies about the usefulness of group-based BA for the treatment of anxiety and/or depression. Method: Systematic review. Results: 17 studies were included in the review. Patients who received BA experienced improvements in anxiety and/or depression and studies reported a greater efficacy of BA compared with no-intervention control groups. Conclusions: BA is useful for the prevention and treatment of emotional disorders. However, heterogeneity and limitations of the studies make it impossible to determine the exact therapeutic elements, and if they are specific to the approach and procedure of this therapy. More research would be necessary of a higher methodological quality to evaluate changes in the activation/avoidance patterns, which are the object of the intervention.

Keywords : Behavioral activation; group; anxiety; depression.

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