The impact of the unified protocol for emotional disorders on quality of life

Matthew W. Gallagher, Shannon E. Sauer-Zavala, James F. Boswell, Jenna R. Carl, Jackie Bullis, Todd J. Farchione, David H. Barlow

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It has become increasingly clear that mental health is more than just the absence of psychopathology and that there is clinical utility in examining positive aspects of mental health. The present study examined the effects of the Unified Protocol for Transdiagnostic Treatment of Emotional Disorders on quality of life in a randomized controlled trial that included individuals with a diverse range of emotional disorders. Results indicated that the Unified Protocol produced significant increases in quality of life when examining both within-individual effect sizes and between-conditions effect sizes compared to a waitlist condition. Furthermore, results indicated that post-treatment levels of quality of life predicted levels of functional impairment independently of diagnostic severity. These results provide further evidence of the importance of examining indicators of mental health in conjunction with markers of psychopathology and provide promising evidence that the Unified Protocol may promote improved mental health in addition to treating psychopathology.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)57-72
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Cognitive Therapy
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology


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