Year: 1984 Source: Thesis (Ph.D.)-University of Waterloo, 1984. 234p. SIEC No: 19880330

The purpose of this research was to compare the effects of brief psychotherapy, using either a cognitive or affective approach. 48 suicidal hospital patients were split into cognitive, affective, & control groups. Self-reports prior to therapy & immediately after indicated an immediate reduction within the cognitive group of depressive syptomatology, hopelessness, & anger. This is consistent with Beck’s theory that modifying the thinking of a suicidal person alleviates hopelessness & depression.