Endorse Therapy Limitations

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in ABFT participants. Although they apply different psychotherapies, both researchers endorse therapy for treating MDD. By promoting psychotherapy and excluding medication from their treatment approaches, they stimulate patient independence. Despite the sound research methods applied throughout these experiments, limitations are still apparent. In the research conducted by Cox et al., (2012), there were limitations in their sample. Their sample size was too small which makes it difficult to generalize the data and a claim a specific relationship. Further research should incorporate a larger sample size to be considered representative of people to whom results will be generalized and also to ensure a representative distribution of the population. Ineffective screening for comorbid disorders was another limitation in Cox et al., (2012) research. During the recruitment process, participants were only screened for MDD but not for any other comorbid disorders, which makes…show more content…
The biggest limitation is the differences in their experimental conditions. The waitlist condition lasted only half as long as the treatment condition. Although the 12-week waitlist is methodologically preferable, the board deemed it unethical to withhold treatment from this population for that long. Perhaps within 12 weeks, more waitlisted patients would have shown improvement; future research should account for this limitation. Furthermore, their small sample size also limited the research. Small samples limit generalizability and our ability to account for moderator variables such as history of recurrence or comorbid conditions. The results would likely be strengthened with a larger sample. Lastly, 70% of participants were low-income, inner-city African-American females. While the findings suggests that ABFT is an effective intervention for this particular population future research should look at a broader

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