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See detailCombining mindfulness and ACT to learn how to manage emotions and to engage in valued activities: Assessment of the feasibility of a training group and its efficiency
Wagener, Aurélie ULg; Dierickx, Christophe; Blairy, Sylvie ULg

Poster (2015, July 18)

BACKGROUND Managing painful emotions could be an issue for a lot of adults. Indeed, learning how to manage painful emotions is an often-requested demand in psychotherapy. Mindfulness-based programs and ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND Managing painful emotions could be an issue for a lot of adults. Indeed, learning how to manage painful emotions is an often-requested demand in psychotherapy. Mindfulness-based programs and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) offer useful tools which aim to guide in this learning process. ACT also provide guidelines to engage in valued activities. In order to help community adults to manage their painful emotions and to engage themselves in valued activities, we offer training group cycles combining tools of mindfulness-based programs and ACT. This study aims to assess the feasibility of such training groups and their efficiency. METHODS A longitudinal design with three assessment-times (T0, T1 and T2) is employed. Participants to the training group attend to three three-hours training sessions on a six-weeks period. They are assessed before the training sessions (T0), directly after (T1) and at three-months follow-up (T2). Questionnaires assess these variables: sociodemographic data, mood, mindfulness, psychological flexibility, cognitive coping strategies and behavioural activation. Student t tests for paired samples are conducted. RESULTS Fifty-four adults participated to four training cycles (the cycles are all identical). Until now, 28 participants (21 women) completed the T0 and the T1 (mean age = 41.43, SD = 11.83). Student t test indicate a significant decrease of depression (t(25) = 4.53, p < 0,001), anxiety (t(25) = 6.23, p < 0.001) and non-adaptive cognitive coping strategies (t(24) = 3.76, p < 0.001). Student t test also indicate a significant increase in mindfulness (t(26) = -3.87, p < 0.001), psychological flexibility (t(26)) = -5.48, p < 0.001) and behavioural activation (t(26) = -4.86, p < 0.001). DISCUSSION Preliminary results indicate the feasibility of training groups combining tools of mindfulness-based programs and ACT. Results show a decrease in several variables (depression, anxiety and non-adaptive cognitive coping strategies) and an increase in other variables (mindfulness, psychological flexibility and behavioural activation). These results seem to indicate that participants benefit from the training groups. Data collection is still ongoing and a control group (waiting-list) is currently being composed. Results and clinical implications will be further discussed during the congress. [less ▲]

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See detailVersion française de la Distress Tolerance Scale et de la Discomfort Intolerance Scale
Wagener, Aurélie ULg; Blairy, Sylvie ULg

in Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science = Revue Canadienne des Sciences du Comportement (2015), 3(47),

The perceived perspective of the distress tolerance refers to the perceived ability to experience and to withstand negative emotional states and/or other aversive sensations (e.g. physical discomfort ... [more ▼]

The perceived perspective of the distress tolerance refers to the perceived ability to experience and to withstand negative emotional states and/or other aversive sensations (e.g. physical discomfort). Two scales were developed to assess this construct: the Distress Tolerance Scale (DTS) and the Discomfort Intolerance Scale (DIS). The objective of this investigation is to present the validation of these two scales in French. 488 non-clinical adults completed an online survey assessing the distress tolerance and emotional regulation strategies. Factor analyses were performed to determine the factor structures of the French versions of these scales. CFA highlighted a four-factor solution (tolerance, absorption, appraisal, regulation) with one higher-order factor (general distress tolerance) as being the better fit for the DTS. CFA highlighted a two-factor solution (intolerance and avoidance) with one higher-order factor (general discomfort intolerance) as being the better fit for the DIS. Intern and extern validity were assessed and demonstrated good properties. [less ▲]

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See detailActivation comportementale : principes et efficacité.
Blairy, Sylvie ULg; Wagener, Aurélie ULg

in Bouvard, Martine (Ed.) Les troubles psychiatriques résistants. Vers de nouvelles formes de soin. (2015)

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See detail"Tell me about Self." Clarté de soi et souvenirs définissant le soi: Particularités du self chez des individus souffrant d'un trouble de l'humeur
Boulanger, Marie ULg; Wagener, Aurélie ULg; Blairy, Sylvie ULg

Poster (2015, May 21)

The present study focusses on a particular kind of autobiographical memories called self-defining memories (SDMs). SDMs are highly pertinent for self-building because they help to define in the most ... [more ▼]

The present study focusses on a particular kind of autobiographical memories called self-defining memories (SDMs). SDMs are highly pertinent for self-building because they help to define in the most clearly way our perception of ourselves. If literature showed that depressed and bipolar patients suffer from autobiographical memory (AM) disturbances, SDMs have not been studied a lot since yet in these two disorders. Then, the present study pursues two main aims: (1) to assess SDM’s characteristics and (2) to assess the relationship between the ability to retrieve SDM’s and self-concept clarity. To reach our objective, 17 depressed and 16 bipolar patients are compared to 17 healthy subjects. Participants are asked to complete SDMs procedure that is recalling six important events which happened in their life. These SDMs are assessed on four variables: specificity, impact, valence, meaning making, contain. Self-concept clarity and mood are also assessed. Preliminary results do not highlight difference between our groups on specificity. Marginal effects appear for meaning making with healthy subjects recalling more meaning making events. Results show that depressed patients present a mood congruence. The final results will be presented during the convention, as data-collection is on-going and will end in April. Experimental and clinical implications of our results will be discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailSelf-defining memories and self-concept clarity: A comparative study of depressed patients, bipolar patients and healthy subjects
Wagener, Aurélie ULg; Boulanger, Marie ULg; Blairy, Sylvie ULg

Poster (2015, May 06)

Depressed and bipolar patients suffer from autobiographical memory (AM) deficits. For instance, depressed patients present an overgeneralisation and a mood congruence biases. Indeed, these patients seem ... [more ▼]

Depressed and bipolar patients suffer from autobiographical memory (AM) deficits. For instance, depressed patients present an overgeneralisation and a mood congruence biases. Indeed, these patients seem to have difficulties to recall specific and positive memories. The present study focusses on a particular kind of memories: the self-defining memories (SDMs). SDMs are highly pertinent for self-building: they help to define in the most clearly way our perception of ourselves. Because SDMs have not been studied a lot since yet in these two disorders, our goal is to assess the impact of general AM biases on SDMs. Then, the present study pursues two main aims: 1) To assess SDM’s characteristics, 2) To assess the relationship between SDM and self-concept clarity. To reach our objective, depressed and bipolar patients are compared to healthy subjects. Participants are asked to complete SDMs exercises that are recalling six important events which happened in their life. These SDMs are assessed on four variables: specificity, impact, meaning making, contain. Self-concept clarity and mood are also assessed. Until now, 17 depressed patients, 16 bipolar patients and 18 healthy controls participate in this study. Preliminary results do not highlight difference between our groups on specificity. Marginal effects appear for meaning making with healthy subjects recalling more meaning making events. Results show that depressed patients present a mood congruence. The final results will be presented during the convention, as data-collection is on-going and will end in April. Experimental and clinical implications of our results will be discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailL'affirmation de soi par le jeu de l'acteur : Un adjuvant utile pour la pratique de l'affirmation de soi ? Une étude évaluative pilote
Wagener, Aurélie ULg; Delvaux, Muriel ULg; Sarto, Danielle et al

in Revue Francophone de Clinique Comportementale et Cognitive (2015), XX(1), 6-14

En psychothérapie, les patients rapportent fréquemment des difficultés d’affirmation de soi, difficultés pour lesquelles les procédures thérapeutiques cognitives et comportementales ont démontré leur ... [more ▼]

En psychothérapie, les patients rapportent fréquemment des difficultés d’affirmation de soi, difficultés pour lesquelles les procédures thérapeutiques cognitives et comportementales ont démontré leur efficacité. L’objectif de cette recherche est de vérifier qu’une nouvelle combinaison de techniques (« jeu de l’acteur » et programme classique d’affirmation de soi) améliore le bien-être des patients. Ce programme est constitué de 10 séances alternativement animées par une actrice-metteuse en scène et par une psychologue-psychothérapeute. Les participants (N = 20) ont rempli des évaluations en pré et en post-test : questionnaire d’auto-efficacité sociale, échelles d’affirmation de soi, échelle d’estime de soi, échelle des aptitudes à la communication, échelles d’anxiété et de dépression. Des améliorations statistiquement significatives ont été mises en évidence pour chaque variable dépendante étudiée, sauf pour l’échelle de communication. La combinaison proposée permet bien une amélioration des différentes variables dépendantes mesurées même si les participants n’atteignent pas les scores d’un groupe contrôle exempt de difficultés d’affirmation de soi. [less ▲]

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See detailCognitive remediation of autobiographical memory in schizophrenia and its relation with depressive mood.
Blairy, Sylvie ULg

Scientific conference (2015, February 09)

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See detailIl n'existe aucun traitement efficace de l'alcoolisme?
Blairy, Sylvie ULg; Pinto, Emmanuel ULg

in Seutin, Vincent; Scuvée-Moreau, Jacqueline; Quertemont, Etienne (Eds.) L'alcool en questions (2015)

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See detailL'alcool favorise t il le passage à l'acte suicidaire?
Blairy, Sylvie ULg

in Seutin, Vincent; Scuvée-Moreau, Jacqueline; Quertemont, Etienne (Eds.) L'alcool en questions (2015)

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See detailIl n'existe aucun traitement efficace de l'alcoolisme?
Blairy, Sylvie ULg; Pinto, Emmanuel ULg

in Seutin, Vincent; Scuvée-Moreau, Jacqueline; Quertemont, Etienne (Eds.) L'alcool en questions (2015)

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See detailL'alcool favorise-t-il le passage à l'acte suicidaire
Blairy, Sylvie ULg

in Seutin, Vincent; Scuvée-Moreau, Jacqueline; Quertemont, Etienne (Eds.) L'alcool en questions (2015)

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See detailConsommer de l'alcool remonte-t-il le moral?
Blairy, Sylvie ULg

in Seutin, Vincent; Scuvée-Moreau, Jacqueline; Quertemont, Etienne (Eds.) L'alcool en questions (2015)

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See detailValidation and Psychometric Properties of the French Versions of the Environmental Reward Observation Scale and of the Reward Probability Index
Wagener, Aurélie ULg; Blairy, Sylvie ULg

in Psychologica Belgica (2015)

Background: Low levels of environmental rewards have been related to depression on a number of occasions in the scientific literature. Two scales have been created to assess environmental rewards: the ... [more ▼]

Background: Low levels of environmental rewards have been related to depression on a number of occasions in the scientific literature. Two scales have been created to assess environmental rewards: the Environmental Reward Observation Scale (EROS) and the Reward Probability Index (RPI). This study aims to validate the French versions of these two scales. Method: 466 non-clinical adults completed an online survey assessing environmental rewards, depression, anxiety, activation, avoidance and behavioural systems. Confirmatory factor analyses were performed to assess the factorial structures of the French EROS and RPI. Results: A one-factor solution for the EROS and a two-factor solution for the RPI best fitted the data. High levels of internal consistency were found for both the EROS and the RPI. Convergent validity was also examined, revealing that high environmental rewards appear to be related to activation and behavioural activation system. Conclusion: The French versions of the EROS and the RPI appear to be reliable assessments of environmental rewards. [less ▲]

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See detailWhich psychological factors influence Internet addiction? Evidence through an integrative model
Burnay, Jonathan ULg; Billieux, Joël; Blairy, Sylvie ULg et al

in Computers in Human Behavior (2015), 43

Since the appearance of Internet, several preoccupations have appeared as a result, with Internet addiction being one of the most common. The goals of the present study were two-fold. First, to examine ... [more ▼]

Since the appearance of Internet, several preoccupations have appeared as a result, with Internet addiction being one of the most common. The goals of the present study were two-fold. First, to examine which psychological factors are relevant to explain Internet addiction, including impulsivity, passion and social provision. Second, to incorporate all these factors into an integrative model. Based on multiple regressions and path analysis, results revealed a positive relation between Internet addiction and specific impulsivity components (lack of perseverance, urgency) and obsessive passion. Moreover, positive relations were observed between obsessive passion and reassurance of worth, opportunity for nurturance, sensation seeking and harmonious passion. In other words, Internet addiction is related to obsessive passion, but is explained by different psychological factors. Accordingly, both Internet addiction and obsessive passion can be viewed as two important and complementary facets of problematic Internet use. [less ▲]

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See detailComment conceptualiser les liens entre caractéristiques dépressives, processus psychologiques et niveau d'engagement dans des activités (activation versus évitement) ? Implications en psychologie clinique
Wagener, Aurélie ULg; Blairy, Sylvie ULg; Baeyens, Céline

Conference (2014, December 16)

Introduction : La dépression est caractérisée par une diminution du niveau d’activation comportementale (ACT) et par une augmentation du niveau d’évitement (EV). Selon les modèles théoriques de la dépres ... [more ▼]

Introduction : La dépression est caractérisée par une diminution du niveau d’activation comportementale (ACT) et par une augmentation du niveau d’évitement (EV). Selon les modèles théoriques de la dépres-sion, elle est également caractérisée par des biais dans six ensembles de processus psychologiques (PP): pensées négatives répétitives, stratégies de régulation émotionnelle, satisfaction environne-mentale, tendance à l’approche ou à l’inhibition, image de soi et clarté de l’identité. Cette étude a pour objectif de préciser l’influence des caractéristiques dépressives et des PP sur l’ACT et l’EV. Ces résultats seront intégrés au modèle élaboré par Kinderman en 2013 afin de construire un mo-dèle conceptuel de l’ensemble de ces liens, fondé empiriquement. Méthodologie : 477 adultes ( âge = 34, σ = 12), issus d’échantillons tout-venants ou fréquentant des services de psychiatrie, ont rempli une série de questionnaires évaluant plusieurs variables: données sociodé-mographiques, dépression, ACT, EV et les six ensembles de PP cités ci-dessus. Résultats : Le modèle testé via des analyses factorielles confirmatoires présente une adéquation raisonnable (RMSEA = 0,8). L’ACT est le plus influencée par des stratégies de régulation émotionnelle adap-tatives, des hauts niveaux de satisfaction environnementale et une image de soi positive. L’EV est le plus influencé par des pensées négatives répétitives, des stratégies de régulation émotionnelle non-adaptatives et de faibles niveaux de satisfaction environnementale. Conclusion : Les stratégies de régulation émotionnelle et la satisfaction environnementale sont les deux fac-teurs influençant le plus les niveaux d’ACT et celui d’EV. Les implications cliniques de ces résultats seront discutées. [less ▲]

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See detail"Gérer ses émotions et agir : Pleine conscience et ACT" : Etude préliminaire de l'efficacité d'un groupe thérapeutique
Wagener, Aurélie ULg; Dierickx, Christophe; Herbeuval, Sandrine et al

Poster (2014, December 16)

Introduction : L’apprentissage de la gestion des émotions est une demande très fréquente en psychothérapie. Les techniques issues des programmes de pleine conscience et des thérapies d’acceptation et ... [more ▼]

Introduction : L’apprentissage de la gestion des émotions est une demande très fréquente en psychothérapie. Les techniques issues des programmes de pleine conscience et des thérapies d’acceptation et d’engagement ont notamment pour objectif de guider les clients dans cet apprentissage. Afin de répondre à cette demande, nous avons mis en place un groupe « Gérer ses émotions et agir : pleine conscience et ACT » et mené une recherche-action afin d’en tester l’efficacité. Méthodologie : Le cycle thérapeutique comportait 3 séances (3x3 heures) sur un délai de 6 semaines et 2 temps d’évaluation (avant la première séance [T0] et après la dernière [T1]). Les évaluations adminis-trées aux différents temps concernaient les données socio-démographiques, l’humeur, le niveau de pleine conscience, la flexibilité psychologique, le niveau d’engagement dans des activités, la mo-tivation et le sentiment d’auto-efficacité. Résultats : Cinq adultes (M âge = 37,46; ET = 7,96) ont participé à ce premier cycle. Les analyses prélimi-naires indiquent un effet significatif du facteur temps (N = 5). Ainsi, une augmentation du niveau d’engagement dans des activités (F(1) = 20,07, p = 0,01), de la motivation (F(1) = 15,00, p = 0,02) et du sentiment d’auto-efficacité (F(1) = 17,48, p = 0,02) est observée entre le T0 et le T1. Conclusion : Les résultats préliminaires semblent indiquer que les participants au groupe thérapeutique tirent des bénéfices de la participation à ce cycle thérapeutique. La récolte des données et la constitution d’un groupe contrôle se poursuivent. Les résultats seront plus longuement discutés lors du congrès. [less ▲]

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See detailFacteurs psychologiques qui influencent l’addiction à Internet: un modèle intégratif
Burnay, Jonathan ULg; Billieux, Joel; Blairy, Sylvie ULg et al

Poster (2014, October 17)

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See detailPsychological processes mediating the link between depression severity and the level of behavioural activation: Assessment of a conceputal model
Wagener, Aurélie ULg; Baeyens, Céline; Blairy, Sylvie ULg

Poster (2014, September 12)

INTRODUCTION. Depression is a common psychopathology characterized by a decrease of the level of behavioural activation (BA) that is the level of engagement in activities. The relationship between ... [more ▼]

INTRODUCTION. Depression is a common psychopathology characterized by a decrease of the level of behavioural activation (BA) that is the level of engagement in activities. The relationship between depression and BA is well-established in the scientific literature. According to theoretical models of depression, psychopathology is also characterized by biases in five sets of psychological processes (PP): self-image (e.g. self-esteem), negative repetitive thoughts (e.g. ruminative thoughts), experiential avoidance (e.g. mindfulness), environmental satisfaction (e.g. environmental reward observation) and emotional regulation (e.g. distress tolerance). Therefore, the present study aims to identify PP mediating the relationship between depression and the level of BA. In order to reach this objective, a conceptual model is tested. METHOD. 361 adults (x ̅ age=36, σ=15), from clinical and non-clinical settings, fulfilled a series of questionnaires assessing several variables: sociodemographic data, depression, anxiety, level of BA and the above-cited five sets of PP. Covariance structure analysis will be conducted in order to test the conceptual model mentioned above. RESULTS. Some preliminary results are presented. As expected, a negative significant correlation between depression and BA (r=-.66, p<.01) have been highlighted. Negative significant correlation appeared between BA and the measured PP: self-esteem (r=-.27, p<.01), ruminative thinking (r=-.53, p<.01), environmental reward observation (=-.13, p<.05). Positive significant correlations appeared between BA and mindfulness (r=.49, p<.01) and distress tolerance (r=.26, p<.01). DISCUSSION. The preliminary results are in line with our hypotheses. Indeed, the level of BA is negatively linked to PP usually biased in depression such as self-esteem. The mediating role of these PP between depression and the level of BA will be discussed. [less ▲]

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