Measuring Changes in Negative and Positive Thinking in Patients With Depression

Diane Mc Nally Forsyth, Kathleen Poppe, Virginia Nash, Renato D. Alarcon, Simon Kung

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Purpose: The purpose of this article is to describe changes in positive and negative thinking in adult inpatients with depression who attended an Advanced Practice Nurse-led Cognitive Behavioral Therapy group on 1 inpatient unit in a large medical center. Design and Methods: A descriptive design with a retrospective cohort chart review was conducted (n= 427). Positive and negative thinking were measured by the Automatic Thoughts Questionnaire at admission and at discharge. Findings and Practice Implications: A paired t-test revealed a significant change (p = .001) in both positive and negative thinking in the desired direction between admission and discharge. It is important to measure clinical improvements.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)257-265
Number of pages9
JournalPerspectives in Psychiatric Care
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2010


  • ATQ
  • Advanced practice nurse
  • CBT
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Phychiatric Mental Health


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