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Degree Type

Thesis (On-Campus Access Only)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Clinical Psychology (MSCP)

Committee Chair

Paula E. Truax, Ph.D.


This study examined the Reasons for Depression Questionnaire applied to cognitive behavioral treatment for depression. By assessing the reasons given by subjects for why they are depressed, the study tried to determine the effectiveness of reason giving as a treatment outcome predictor. Both the open-ended and close-ended format responses were assessed and correlated with treatment outcome measured. Results suggest subjects are consistent in the reasons given, regardless of the response format. Also, some reasons are significantly correlated with treatment outcome. The results indicate that further research is needed to determine if reason giving can be used as a treatment outcome predictor.