Psychology, Interamerican
Comparing cognitive-behavior therapy and positive psychology to enhance emotional well-being

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cognitive-behavioral therapy
positive psychology

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Pintado, S., Castillo, M., & Penagos-Corzo, J. C. (2018). Comparing cognitive-behavior therapy and positive psychology to enhance emotional well-being. Revista Interamericana De Psicología/Interamerican Journal of Psychology, 52(2).


The effect of adding a cognitive behavioral program to an intervention program in Positive Psychology was. For this purpose, 45 university students were measured by SWLS, PANAS, CES-D, BAI and HADS scales and assigned to one of two groups: a) intervention with positive psychology or b) intervention with more cognitive-behavioral positive psychology. Pre-post comparisons indicate that a Positive Psychology intervention significantly increases life satisfaction and positive affect and significantly decreases negative affect, depressive symptoms and anxiety symptoms (p < .05). Moreover, ANCOVA analysis show that the Cognitive-behavioral intervention does not contributed anything additional to the program of positive psychology in each of the variables measured (p > .05). In short, our findings suggest that it is possible to offer psychological assistance by providing tools from Positive Psychology that promote well-being and psychological health focusing on maximizing strengths within a small period intervention.

            Keywords: anxiety; depression; positive emotions; wellness; psychological health


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