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The use of questions in cognitive behaviour therapy: Identification of question type, function and structure

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Rachel Morse


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An exploration of trainees' abilities to identify question types, their function and the process of questioning was carried out with 25 trainees who were studying for either a Diploma in Cognitive Therapy or a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. The results showed that trainees were best at determining the functions of questions, but were poor overall at identifying the different elements of questioning. This study highlights the absence of terminology for breaking down therapeutic dialogue into its component parts. It is concluded that research is needed to explore ways in which the components of questioning can be better articulated and conceptualized so as to aid our ability to reflect on questions in a meaningful way. © 2007 British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies.

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Author(s): James IA, Morse R

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy

Year: 2007

Volume: 35

Issue: 4

Pages: 507-511

Print publication date: 01/07/2007

ISSN (print): 1352-4658

ISSN (electronic): 1469-1833

Publisher: Cambridge University Press


DOI: 10.1017/S135246580700375X


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