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Implicative Dilemmas and Symptomatology Measures: A Practice-Based Evidence Study of Existential Therapy

Vitali D., Santini A., Sayers L., Mospan A.

This study examined change in frequency and content of implicative dilemmas before and after a

course of short-term existential therapy. 57 adult patients presenting mild to moderate level of

depression or anxiety were treated in a naturalistic setting. Repertory grid technique was applied

to assess their construing system before and after the intervention. Quantitative and qualitative

analyses were applied to explore change in implicative dilemmas and in depressive or anxious

symptomatology. Results show a clear reduction in symptomatology levels and a non-significant

reduction in the prevalence of implicative dilemmas although the latter was not associated with

changes in symptomatology.