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Anales de Psicología

On-line version ISSN 1695-2294Print version ISSN 0212-9728

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SANCHEZ-GARCIA, Manuel. Analysis of the effectiveness of a cognitive-behavioral group treatment in subjects with somatization. Anal. Psicol. [online]. 2014, vol.30, n.2, pp.412-421. ISSN 1695-2294.  http://dx.doi.org/10.6018/analesps.30.2.170271.

The effectiveness of cognitive-behavioral therapy has been questioned, despite offering positive results. This article presents the results obtained by an intervention with cognitive-behavioral group therapy, conducted at a mental health service in a public health system, with the aim of assessing the effectiveness of the implementation of this intervention strategy. It has followed a quasi-experimental design with 136 users having associated physical and emotional discomfort, composing two groups of subjects: 90 participants and 46 controls. The results showed that lower doses of benzodiazepines in psychiatrical prescriptions at post-treatment and clinical improvement has induced higher discharged rates in participants. The self-reports indicate physical and emotional improvements in over 60% of the participants.The relationship between results and some variables was valued and criticisms of the effectiveness of these treatments are discussed, as compared with data obtained.

Keywords : Clinical psychology; therapy groups; somatoform disorders; emotion; cognitive behavior therapy; treatment effectiveness.

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