Modification of the self-concept in electro-shock therapy.
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It was the purpose of this investigation to determine whether the self-concept theory of adjustive change formulated by Rogers and his collaborators to characterize therapeutic change in neurotic individuals undergoing client-centered therapy, may be extended to describe adjustive change in individuals suffering from psychotic disorders who are being treated by means of electro-shock therapy. According to this theory, positive changes in level of psychological adjustment and behavior are invariably associated with modification of the self-concept in the direction of greater congruence between the conceptualized selves of the individual. This inference is, however, based almost entirely on research results involving patients suffering from minor personality disorders undergoing a specific form of psychotherapy, i.e., client-centered therapy. If the proposition is to gain the status of a general law of behavior change, it must be demonstrated in other classes of mental illness and with other forms of treatment. The present project is an exploratory investigation of this possibility. [TRUNCATED]
Thesis (Ph.D)--Boston University