Abstract

The present study evaluated the efficacy of a four-week seminar which emphasized the principles of Agentive Theory. This theory, which is compatible with theories of a phenomenological/ existential perspective, was first developed by C. T. Warner, an American philosopher. Agentive Theorists/Therapists emphasize that our negative emotions, ie., depression, anger, etc. , are assertions or judgments we make and not merely feelings we are responsible for controlling or expressing. Forty-eight outpatients who sought help with personal/emotional problems from a department of behavioral medicine were assigned to either a treatment or waiting-list control Group. Following a four-week treatment phase, the treatment group was shown to have made significantly greater improvement than the waiting-list control group with respect to general mental health, somatization, depression, anxiety, hostility, phobic anxiety, psychoticism, anger, and guilt.

Degree

PhD

College and Department

Philosophy

Rights

http://lib.byu.edu/about/copyright/etd/

Date Submitted

1987-8

Document Type

Dissertation

Handle

http://hdl.lib.byu.edu/1877/etdm924

First Advisor

Ronald D. Bingham

Second Advisor

Richard N. Williams

Third Advisor

Terrance D. Olson

Keywords

agentive theory, collusion, existential perspective, psychological case study

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