Rehm's self-control model of depression was evaluated by dismantling the self-control therapy into separate therapies based on self-monitoring plus self-evaluation and self-monitoring plus self-reinforcement training respectively. Seventeen volunteer female subjects selected on the basis of MMPI, Beck Depression Inventory and interview criteria were randomly assigned to the two conditions for six weekly therapy sessions. Results showed significant treatment effects on level of depression, overall pathology, behavioral ratings of verbal response levels and activity reinforcement potential. Separate comparisons of ratings of current functioning and performance criteria yielded significant effects on ratings of current functioning in favor of the self-monitoring plus self-reinforcement condition. Subjective ratings of current functioning proved to be more closely related to depressive behavior than were performance criteria. Ratings of current functioning proved to be more readily modifiable through self-reinforcement training than through a purely cognitive therapy.
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Tressler, David P., "The Comparative Effects of Self-Evaluation and Self-Reinforcement Training in the Treatment of Depression" (1980). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 523.