The efficacy of guided self-help for the treatment of mental health risk factors

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Sherianne Wong
This study aims to examine the efficacy, acceptability and cost-effectiveness of CBT based Bibliotherapy (BibT) intervention for individuals with mental illness risk factors (e.g. low self-esteem, excessive worrying and pervasive shyness). There is substantial literature demonstrating association of various psychological risk factors with a range of mental disorders (e.g. anxiety disorders, mood disorders and eating disorders). Correspondingly, an emerging body of evidence has shown that early intervention and prevention strategies, specifically guided BibT, that focus on tackling common risk factors may prevent mental illness from developing or escalating. However, little research has focused on early intervention and prevention and/or the efficacy of guided and non-guided BibT interventions in subclinical groups. This study includes; (1) a systematic review of the effectiveness of BibT in mental health risk factors, and (2) a prospective RCT which compares the conditions of 2 groups (i.e. therapist guided and non-therapist guided). Results of these studies will contribute to the understanding of the efficacy, feasibility and acceptability of BibT intervention in individuals displaying risk factors for developing mental illness. If the intervention is found to be effective, feasible and acceptable, it could provide a solution to the rising demands of mental health burden in Australia.

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Associate Professor Leah Brennan Principal Supervisor

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