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Stressing emotions: A single subject design study testing an emotion-focused transdiagnostic treatment for stress-related ill health
Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work.
Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work.
2011 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Stress och emotioner : Emotionsfokuserad transdiagnostisk behandling vid stressrelaterad ohälsa (Swedish)
Abstract [en]


Individual psychological factors have been recognized to play an important role in the development of stress-related symptomatology. Despite extensive comorbidity between stress-related ill health and mood disorders, the advances in research on emotion regulation and transdiagnostics, have not been recognized in stress research to any considerable degree. In the current study, using a single subject design with multiple baselines across individuals (n=6), a transdiagnostic treatment intervention targeting maladaptive emotional regulation strategies was implemented on patients suffering from stress-related symptomatology. Results show that symptoms of exhaustion decreased in five of six participants on post-measures, with considerable convergence between measures of depression, anxiety and stress. Further investigation of treatment effects, alongside the processes linking emotion regulation and stress-related symptomatology are needed. 

Abstract [sv]


Individuella psykologiska faktorer spelar en viktig roll i utvecklingen av stressrelaterade symtom. Trots en omfattande samsjuklighet mellan å ena sidan stressrelaterad ohälsa, å andra sidan depression och ångest, har framsteg inom emotionsforskning och transdiagnostik inte uppmärksammats i någon stor utsträckning inom stressforskningen. I den aktuella studien användes en single subject design med multipla baslinjer mellan individer (n=6), för att implementera en emotionsinriktad transdiagnostisk behandling på patienter som lider av stressrelaterade symtom. Resultaten visar att fem av sex deltagare visade minskade tecken på utmattning efter genomgången behandling, med avsevärd konvergens mellan mått på depression, ångest och stress. För att kunna påvisa behandlingseffekter, samt förklara de processer som förbinder emotionsreglering och stressrelaterade symtom, behövs ytterligare forskning på området. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. , 68 p.
Keyword [en]
Stress-related ill health, emotion regulation, Unified Protocol, transdiagnostic treatment, cognitive behavioral therapy, single subject design
Keyword [sv]
Stressrelaterad ohälsa, emotionsreglering, Unified Protocol, transdiagnostisk behandling, kognitiv beteendeterapi, single subject design
National Category
Applied Psychology
URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-20632ISRN: ORU-JPS/PSY-AG-2012/0006--SEOAI: diva2:469368
Subject / course
Psykologi, (psykologprogrammet)
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2012-03-09 Created: 2011-12-22 Last updated: 2012-03-09Bibliographically approved

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