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The impact of emotional dysregulation on treatment outcomes in psychiatric outpatients

Emotional regulation has been found to influence the development and maintenance of many psychopathologies, however the exact influence of emotional regulation in the recovery process is unknown. The proposed research therefore aims to explore what impact emotional dysregulation has on treatment outcomes for psychiatric outpatients. This study will utilise pre-existing data collected at the Ellen Street Recovery Group Program, from July 2006 to August 2012. Participants were asked to complete two measures both prior to commencing the program and upon completion: The Depression Anxiety Stress Scale (DASS) and the Difficulties in Emotional Regulation Scale (DERS). These are to determine people’s degree of emotional disturbance and emotional dysregulation before the program and whether any changes in emotional state and regulation strategies are evident after completing the program. A step-wise regression analysis will be undertaken to identify whether emotional dysregulation plays an important role in predicting recovery. It is hoped that establishing what impact emotional dysregulation may have on a person’s treatment outcomes can help inform the development of treatment models for various psychopathologies.

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December 2013


Claire Adams (Masters)
Dr Rodrigo Becerra
Dr Guillermo Campitelli

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