Effects of Computer-Based Cognitive Restructuring on Rationally Mediated Self-Esteem

John J. Horan

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    Fifty-six 11th- and 12th-grade students with below-average self-esteem were classified by gender and randomly assigned to either computer-based cognitive restructuring or a relaxation-training control condition. The computer intervention (laden with multimedia features such as color video clips, stereo music, digitized speech, and engaging graphics) targeted irrational beliefs linked in previous research to low self-esteem. Participants were assessed repeatedly as they progressed through the program; depending on the tenacity of each belief held, the program provided a variety of cognitive restructuring responses. Multivariate and univariate effects on four measures of rationality and self-esteem favored computer-based cognitive restructuring.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)371-375
    Number of pages5
    JournalJournal of counseling psychology
    Issue number4
    StatePublished - Oct 1996

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Social Psychology
    • Clinical Psychology
    • Psychiatry and Mental health


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