Date of Award

2014

Document Type

Thesis

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Dennis Swiercinsky

Subjects

Anxiety disorders -- Treatment, Mental health services, Social sciences -- Network analysis, Mental health education

DOI

10.15760/honors.74

Abstract

Psychoeducation, providing essential information for a client about psychological and physiological processes, is typically the first step in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) but its content and implementation is currently underdeveloped. Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is a prevalent mental disorder in the United States. Often, persons with GAD and their primary care providers and family do not recognize or understand the meaning of their symptoms because of the diffuse and imprecise nature of the diagnosis. This thesis aims to investigate a systems network analysis of generalized anxiety disorder to explore suggestions for enhancing psychoeducation as an initial intervention for GAD clients. A network analysis based psychoeducation could also work as a first-step intervention for GAD clients on a wait-list for CBT. The thesis concludes with a proposal for a pilot study testing the effectiveness of a more developed psychoeducation intervention.

Comments

An undergraduate honors thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Arts or Science in University Honors and Psychology

Persistent Identifier

http://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/11947

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