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ORIGINAL RESEARCH REPORTS
Year : 2006  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 16-19

The Effect of Rational Emotive Therapy (RET) on Selected Church Attendants with Psychopathological Symptoms


1 Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine, University Of Lagos, Nigeria
2 Department of Psychology, University of Lagos, Nigeria

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D A Olorunshola
Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine, University Of Lagos
Nigeria
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The study aims at determining the effect of rational emotive therapy on a randomly selected church attendants in Lagos. Thirty (30) subjects (M=17, F= 13) were randomly selected from a population of 300 church attendants (M= 150, F= 150) who participated in a previous study where patterns of Psychological symptoms were determined. They were selected based on high scores obtained in Psychopathological symptoms measured with the Symptoms Distress Checklist - 90 (SCL - 90) and Psycho-physiological Symptoms Checklist (PSC) and Religious Affiliation Scale. They were randomly divided into two groups where fifteen of them were made to undergo RET for six weeks, with two sessions each week. They were reassessed with the three Psychological instruments and results were recorded. The second group of fifteen participants were also reassessed after six weeks, without going through RET. Results showed that the mean Post-treatment scores were less than the mean pretreatment scores in the treated group, while for the control group reassessment means were lower in 8 out of the 12 measures. Although differences in the t-test showed no significant differences in means observed the need for the psychotherapy like the RET in clients having psychopathological symptoms cannot be ignored.


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