The effectiveness of emotional schema therapy on emotional schemas of female victims of child abuse and neglect

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Daneshmandi, Saeedeh, Izadikhah, Zahra, Kazemi, Hamid and Mehrabi, Hossein. 2014. "The effectiveness of emotional schema therapy on emotional schemas of female victims of child abuse and neglect." Journal of Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences. 22 (5), pp. 1481-1494.
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The effectiveness of emotional schema therapy on emotional schemas of female victims of child abuse and neglect

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AuthorsDaneshmandi, Saeedeh (Author), Izadikhah, Zahra (Author), Kazemi, Hamid (Author) and Mehrabi, Hossein (Author)
Journal TitleJournal of Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences
Journal Citation22 (5), pp. 1481-1494
Number of Pages14
Year2014
Place of PublicationIran
Web Address (URL)http://jssu.ssu.ac.ir/article-1-2652-en.html
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Introduction: Development of emotional schemas is regarded as one of the long term effects of child abuse and neglect. Therefore, the present study aimed to investigate the effect of Emotional Schema Therapy on emotional schemas of female victims of child abuse and neglect. Methods: In this quasi-experimental design, 30 women, who had the history of child abuse and neglect (according to the scores obtained in the child abuse and neglect questionnaire) and met entry criteria, were selected and then assigned into the experimental and control groups randomly (n=15). The experimental group received a 13-session intervention based on Emotional Schema Therapy and the control group was on a waiting list. The applied instruments consisted of child abuse and neglect questionnaire, Leahy Emotional Schema Scale (LESS) and Depression Anxiety Stress Scales (DASS-21). Moreover, the study data were analyzed by the analysis of covariance. Results: The study results demonstrated that Emotional Schema Therapy has decreased the emotional schemas of “Guilt” and “Simplistic View of Emotions” and increased “Acceptance of Emotions” in both posttest and follow-up stages. This effectiveness was confirmed via increase of emotional schema of “Consensus” in posttest stage and “ Emotional Validation and Comprehensibility” in the follow-up stage. Conclusion: The study findings proposed that Emotional Schema Therapy can be regarded as an effective intervention in order to modify some dimensions of emotional schemas in women with child abuse and neglect history.

KeywordsEmotional Schema Therapy, child abuse, trauma, neglect, emotional awareness
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020529999. Other psychology not elsewhere classified
520599. Social and personality psychology not elsewhere classified
520399. Clinical and health psychology not elsewhere classified
Byline AffiliationsUniversity of Shiraz, Iran
University of Queensland
National Research Institute for Science Policy, Iran
Vali-e-Asr University Of Rafsanjan, Iran
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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