Type

Journal Article

Authors

Joanna E. McHugh Power
Frédérique Vallières
Jamie Murphy
Thanos Karatzias
Gráinne McGinty
Philip Hyland

Subjects

Business

Topics
theoretical framework psychology preferences and acceptance behavioural models negative cognitions clinical applications structural equation modelling self report

Can the REBT theory explain loneliness? Theoretical and clinical applications (2019)

Abstract Loneliness is a common psychological experience affecting a significant minority of the general population. Loneliness may in part be related to the existence of dysfunctional cognitive evaluations. To date, however, loneliness has yet to be explicitly assessed within a cognitive-behavioural theoretical framework. The current study sought to determine the association between negative cognitions, within the context of Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT), and the experience of loneliness. A multinational sample of university students (n = 397) completed self-report assessments of rational and irrational beliefs, and loneliness. Structural equation modelling results found that the REBT model of psychopathology, and the REBT model of psychological health, provided satisfactory representations of loneliness, explaining 36% and 23% of variance in loneliness, respectively. Several dysfunctional (“Demandingness”, “Catastrophising” and “Self-Downing” beliefs) and functional (“Preferences” and “Self-Acceptance” beliefs) cognitions were directly and indirectly associated with loneliness. These results highlight that cognitions and loneliness are meaningfully related, and indicate that cognitive-behavioural models may be useful in understanding loneliness. More specifically, current results suggest that REBT may offer a viable psychotherapeutic approach to treating loneliness.
Collections Ireland -> National College Ireland -> Status = Published
Ireland -> National College Ireland -> Type = Article
Ireland -> National College Ireland -> Subject = B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion: Psychology

Full list of authors on original publication

Joanna E. McHugh Power, Frédérique Vallières, Jamie Murphy, Thanos Karatzias, Gráinne McGinty, Philip Hyland

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Joanna E. McHugh Power
National College Ireland
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Frédérique Vallières
National College Ireland
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Jamie Murphy
National College of Ireland
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Thanos Karatzias
Maynooth University
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Gráinne McGinty
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Philip Hyland
National College of Ireland
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