Is Narrative Cognitive Therapy as Effective as Cognitive Behavior Therapy in the Treatment for Depression in Young Adults?

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This study aimed to compare the effectiveness of narrative cognitive therapy (NCT) and cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) in the improvement of perception of quality of life in young adults with depression at 12-month follow-up. This was a randomized clinical trial conducted using seven sessions of NCT or CBT. Quality of life was measured using the Medical Outcomes Survey Short-Form General Health Survey. The sample included 97 patients. Considering only completers to be samples, CBT was more effective than NCT for improvement of physical functioning (p = 0.031), vitality (p = 0.013), and mental health (p = 0.002) at 12-month follow-up. However, in the intention-to-treat analysis, we found no difference between groups. Regardless of model, we found a significant improvement in all domains from baseline to postintervention and 6- and 12-month follow-ups, except for the bodily pain domain. In conclusion, both models were effective in the improvement of perception of quality of life.

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