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Effects of Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy on Depressive Symptoms and Executive Functioning in Major Depression

Ajilchi, Bita PhD; Nejati, Vahid PhD; Town, Joel M. DClinPsy; Wilson, Ryan PhD; Abbass, Allan MD, FRCPC


On page 503, there are errors in Table 1 “Descriptive Statistics of Demographic Variables.” The Female and Male heading were reversed and the percent of 20- to 24-year olds in the control group was 75 in the Table.

The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease. 205(4):333, April 2017.

The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease: July 2016 - Volume 204 - Issue 7 - p 500–505
doi: 10.1097/NMD.0000000000000518
Original Articles

This study examined the efficacy of intensive short-term dynamic psychotherapy (ISTDP) on depressive symptoms and executive functioning in patients with major depression. We examined pretest, posttest, and follow-up depression scores as well as pretest–posttest executive functioning scores between 16 participants receiving ISTDP and 16 allocated to wait-list control. Participants in each group were matched according to age, sex, and educational level. Mixed-models analyses demonstrated significant interaction effects of group and time on depression scores when the group ISTDP was compared with the wait-list control group; participants receiving ISTDP had significantly reduced depression severity both after treatment and at follow-up. Next, a series of hierarchical regression models demonstrated modest improvements on most tests of executive functioning in participants receiving ISTDP. Depressed patients receiving ISTDP show a sustained reduction in depression severity after treatment and after 12-month follow-up and improvements in executive functioning after treatment compared with a wait-list control.

*Department of Psychology, Faculty of Human Science, Sciences & Research Branch, Islamic Azad University (IAU); †Department of Psychology, Faculty of Human Science, Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran; and ‡Department of Psychiatry, and §Centre for Emotions & Health, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada.

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