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A Pilot Evaluation of a Strengths-Based CBT Intervention Module with College Students

  • Philipp Pascal Victor (a1), Tobias Teismann (a2) and Ulrike Willutzki (a1)

Background: Interventions focusing on positive experiences have moderate effects on distress, protective factors and quality of life. Aims: To evaluate the ‘Personal Model of Resilience’ (PMR) intervention by Padesky and Mooney (2012) with a focus on resilience strategies the person already possesses. Method: In a pre–post design, intervention and control samples of college students (n = 53) are compared with regard to distress, protective factors and quality of life. Results: Compared with the control group, the PMR group shows significant improvements in distress, protective factors and quality of life with medium to large effect sizes. Conclusions: The PMR is a promising intervention module. It requires further evaluation in clinical contexts, with larger samples, and long-term follow-up assessments.

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Correspondence to Philipp Victor, School of Psychology and Psychotherapy, Witten/Herdecke University, Witten, Germany. E-mail:
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