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Handbook of Psychological Change: Psychotherapy Processes and Practices for the 21st Century


In this chapter we will provide a brief review of some of the major historical forces that lead to the development of the cognitive behavioral therapies. We will then define what are the common characteristics among this increasingly diverse set of interventions, and in doing so also attempt to differentiate the cognitive-behavioral therapies from related approaches to psychotherapy. We will then turn our primary focus to a description of the major models within the cognitive-behavioral paradigm, and to discussing their current empirical status. The chapter will conclude with a discussion of current issues related to the cognitive-behavioral therapies, and with predictions and suggestions for the future development of the approach.


This is a prepublication version of the chapter that later appeared in R. Ingram and C. R. Snyder (Eds.) Handbook of Psychological Change: Psychotherapy processes and practices for the 21st Century. New York: J. Wiley and Sons.

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