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Attitudes Towards Computerized CBT for Depression Amongst a Student Population

  • Nicky Mitchell (a1) and P. Kenneth Gordon (a2)

Some studies of computerized cognitive behaviour therapy (CCBT) have found evidence of its effectiveness, yet a number have reported low uptake and/or completion rates. This study investigated attitudes towards CCBT for depression amongst 122 university students. The credibility of CCBT, expectancy-for-improvement and perceived likelihood of using it were all poor, although a minority (9.8%) stated a preference for CCBT over other interventions. When 20 of the original sample received a demonstration of a CCBT programme for depression, significant increases in credibility, expectancy-for-improvement and in perceived likelihood of using CCBT were found. Numbers stating a preference for CCBT increased to 30%. At both stages, most students stated a preference for CCBT to be accompanied by counselling. Qualitative analysis provided information about factors that might influence these attitudes. Implications for service delivery are discussed.

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Reprint requests to Nicky Mitchell, Counselling Service, Department for Curriculum and Quality Enhancement, Nuffield Centre, St Michael's Road, Portsmouth PO1 2ED, UK. E-mail:
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Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy
  • ISSN: 1352-4658
  • EISSN: 1469-1833
  • URL: /core/journals/behavioural-and-cognitive-psychotherapy
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