Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Effect of Dissemination Presentations on Students' Perceptions of Evidence-Based Treatments and Components for Depression
by Meeker, Miranda, M.S., Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, 2019, 56; 13866045
Abstract (Summary)

Depression is one of the most impairing psychological disorders diagnosed among adolescents and young adults (Jacobson, Mufson, & Young, 2018). Particularly, many college students experience depression, and many go underserved in terms of treatment (Schwartz, 2011). This gap between experience of depression and sought treatment may partially be due to treatment options being misunderstood. Therefore, it is beneficial to target college students to educate them on how to seek appropriate treatment, either for themselves or people they know. Using PowerPoint presentations, the current study focuses on teaching college students information regarding which components are commonly used in evidence-based treatments (cognitive restructuring, behavioral activation, problem solving) and which components are questionable (animal-assisted experiences, dream interpretation, free association). These presentations were conducted in order to examine the impact this type of teaching has on college student’s overall understanding of treatment component effectiveness. Participants received information regarding components of evidence-based treatments (EBTs) and questionable treatments, only components of EBTs, or information about diagnostic features of depression (which served as a control group). Results indicated that instruction type did have a significant effect on knowledge of components of EBTs from pre-test to post-test, but instruction type did not have a significant effect on knowledge of components for questionable treatments from pre-test to post-test.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Hupp, Stephen
Commitee: Conoyer, Sarah, Jewell, Jeremy
School: Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
Department: Psychology
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: MAI 58/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational psychology, Clinical psychology
Keywords: Components, Depression, Dissemination, Evidence-based, behavioral activation, cognitive restructuring, problem solving
Publication Number: 13866045
ISBN: 978-1-392-26033-3
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