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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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See detailWhich links exist between depression, engagement in activities’ level and several psychological processes?
Wagener, Aurélie ULg; Blairy, Sylvie ULg

Poster (2014, July 09)

In Europe, depression affects 33.4 millions of people every year. According to the World Health Organization, depression will be the leading cause of disabilities in 2030. This highlights the need for ... [more ▼]

In Europe, depression affects 33.4 millions of people every year. According to the World Health Organization, depression will be the leading cause of disabilities in 2030. This highlights the need for available, effective and efficient treatments of this psychopathology. In order to offer such treatments, there is a need for a deep understanding of depression’s mechanisms. Depression is characterized by a decrease of the level of engagement in activities: for instance, depressed patients stay in bed, don’t see friends, don’t go out anymore and can be on sick leave for a long period of time. Reciprocally, this decrease maintains depressive symptoms. This link between depression and level of engagement in activities is well-established in the scientific literature. However, no study has, until yet, determined which psychological processes are mediators of this link. Therefore, this study’s aim is to determine these psychological processes. In order to reach this aim, 500 subjects, suffering from psychopathology or not, will fulfill a set of questionnaires. These questionnaires will assess mood (anxiety and depression), level of engagement in activities and five categories of psychological processes that have been selected from different theoretical models of depression (self-image, environmental satisfaction, negative repetitive thoughts, experiential avoidance and emotional regulation). Statistical analysis will be performed in order to confirm a LISREL model. Data collection is ongoing and results will be presented and discussed during the congress. [less ▲]

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See detailSelves Impairment in Bipolar Disorder through Self-Concept Clarity, Self-Defining Memories and Self-Esteem
Wagener, Aurélie ULg; Boulanger, Marie ULg; Van Limbergen, Coralie et al

Poster (2014, January 13)

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See detailDepression and autobiographical memory: which are the characteristics of depressed patients' self-defining memories?
Wagener, Aurélie ULg; Weigend, Alicia; Boulanger, Marie ULg et al

Poster (2014, January 13)

BACKGROUND. Depressed patients suffer from autobiographical memory deficits. Indeed, depressed patients present an overgeneralization and a mood congruence biases. Moreover, they seem to have difficulties ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND. Depressed patients suffer from autobiographical memory deficits. Indeed, depressed patients present an overgeneralization and a mood congruence biases. Moreover, they seem to have difficulties to recall positive memories. Our aim is to focus on a specific kind of memories called “self-defining memories” (SDM) which are highly pertinent for self-building. Their characteristics (e.g. specificity, meaning making) were assessed and compared to those of healthy subjects. HYPOTHESES. Depressed patients relate less specific and meaning making events than control group. A mood congruence bias is observed. METHOD. 17 depressed patients and 18 healthy subjects fulfilled SDM exercises: subjects were asked to relate six important events that happened in their life. These SDM were assessed on several variables: specificity, impact, meaning making, contain. Moreover, subjects were assessed on depression severity and self-esteem (explicit and implicit). RESULTS. No difference between depressed patients and healthy subjects has been found for specificity. A marginal effect appeared for meaning making: control group seemed to relate more meaning making events than depressed patients. Depressed patients related more negative events than control group: this negative emotional valence was positively correlated with higher depression severity. Depressed subjects presented a lower explicit self-esteem than healthy subjects but no difference has been found for implicit self-esteem. Higher explicit self-esteem was positively correlated with positive emotional valence of SDM. DISCUSSION. Results partially support our hypotheses. Experimental and clinical implications of our results will be discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailL’éjaculation précoce : une revue de questions
Kempeneers, Philippe ULg; ANDRIANNE, Robert ULg; Lequeux, Armand et al

in Revue Francophone de Clinique Comportementale et Cognitive (2014), 19(2), 35-60

Premature ejaculation (PE) is a disorder characterized by three components: (1) a rapid ejaculation, (2), a feeling of lack of control upon ejaculation, (3) and a distress related to this condition. The ... [more ▼]

Premature ejaculation (PE) is a disorder characterized by three components: (1) a rapid ejaculation, (2), a feeling of lack of control upon ejaculation, (3) and a distress related to this condition. The criterion of rapidity appears to be most controversial: some authors refer only to subjects’ judgment, while other ones set a maximum ejaculatory latency. Although it focused some criticisms related to a lack of objective latency criteria, the definition of PE propounded by the DSM-IV(-TR) remains most currently used. PE affects about 15 to 30% of the male population. However, the estimations can vary widely depending on populations and methodologies. Several factors contribute to the occurrence of the disorder: one may very probably charge bio-constitutional risks, learning factors, cultural and cognitive influences and the role of anxiety. No robust data allow to implicate personality factors other than anxiety. The influence of the age remains a controversial topic. Cognitive-behavioral techniques appear to be quite efficient in the treatment of PE. However the success rates are variable, and the precise nature of the therapeutic active process remains unclear. Serotonergic drugs and local anesthetics are also efficient, but their action remains strictly symptomatic. The usefulness of phosphodiesterase-5 inhibitors is disputed. Combining psychological and pharmacological approaches might be promising. Unfortunately, there is a lack of clinical trials in this field. Although effective treatments do exist, only a few affected people appear to use them satisfactorily. Efforts have still to be made in order to train adequately heath practitioners and to make the treatments more accessible to the public. [less ▲]

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See detailL’éjaculation précoce : une revue de questions
Kempeneers, Philippe ULg; ANDRIANNE, Robert ULg; Lequeux, Armand et al

in Revue Francophone de Clinique Comportementale et Cognitive (2014), 19(2), 35-60

Premature ejaculation (PE) is a disorder characterized by three components: (1) a rapid ejaculation, (2), a feeling of lack of control upon ejaculation, (3) and a distress related to this condition. The ... [more ▼]

Premature ejaculation (PE) is a disorder characterized by three components: (1) a rapid ejaculation, (2), a feeling of lack of control upon ejaculation, (3) and a distress related to this condition. The criterion of rapidity appears to be most controversial: some authors refer only to subjects’ judgment, while other ones set a maximum ejaculatory latency. Although it focused some criticisms related to a lack of objective latency criteria, the definition of PE propounded by the DSM-IV(-TR) remains most currently used. PE affects about 15 to 30% of the male population. However, the estimations can vary widely depending on populations and methodologies. Several factors contribute to the occurrence of the disorder: one may very probably charge bio-constitutional risks, learning factors, cultural and cognitive influences and the role of anxiety. No robust data allow to implicate personality factors other than anxiety. The influence of the age remains a controversial topic. Cognitive-behavioral techniques appear to be quite efficient in the treatment of PE. However the success rates are variable, and the precise nature of the therapeutic active process remains unclear. Serotonergic drugs and local anesthetics are also efficient, but their action remains strictly symptomatic. The usefulness of phosphodiesterase-5 inhibitors is disputed. Combining psychological and pharmacological approaches might be promising. Unfortunately, there is a lack of clinical trials in this field. Although effective treatments do exist, only a few affected people appear to use them satisfactorily. Efforts have still to be made in order to train adequately heath practitioners and to make the treatments more accessible to the public. [less ▲]

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See detailL’éjaculation précoce : une revue de questions
Kempeneers, Philippe ULg; ANDRIANNE, Robert ULg; Lequeux, Armand et al

in Revue Francophone de Clinique Comportementale et Cognitive (2014), 19(2), 35-60

Premature ejaculation (PE) is a disorder characterized by three components: (1) a rapid ejaculation, (2), a feeling of lack of control upon ejaculation, (3) and a distress related to this condition. The ... [more ▼]

Premature ejaculation (PE) is a disorder characterized by three components: (1) a rapid ejaculation, (2), a feeling of lack of control upon ejaculation, (3) and a distress related to this condition. The criterion of rapidity appears to be most controversial: some authors refer only to subjects’ judgment, while other ones set a maximum ejaculatory latency. Although it focused some criticisms related to a lack of objective latency criteria, the definition of PE propounded by the DSM-IV(-TR) remains most currently used. PE affects about 15 to 30% of the male population. However, the estimations can vary widely depending on populations and methodologies. Several factors contribute to the occurrence of the disorder: one may very probably charge bio-constitutional risks, learning factors, cultural and cognitive influences and the role of anxiety. No robust data allow to implicate personality factors other than anxiety. The influence of the age remains a controversial topic. Cognitive-behavioral techniques appear to be quite efficient in the treatment of PE. However the success rates are variable, and the precise nature of the therapeutic active process remains unclear. Serotonergic drugs and local anesthetics are also efficient, but their action remains strictly symptomatic. The usefulness of phosphodiesterase-5 inhibitors is disputed. Combining psychological and pharmacological approaches might be promising. Unfortunately, there is a lack of clinical trials in this field. Although effective treatments do exist, only a few affected people appear to use them satisfactorily. Efforts have still to be made in order to train adequately heath practitioners and to make the treatments more accessible to the public. [less ▲]

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See detailL’éjaculation précoce : une revue de questions
Kempeneers, Philippe ULg; ANDRIANNE, Robert ULg; Lequeux, Armand et al

in Revue Francophone de Clinique Comportementale et Cognitive (2014), 19(2), 35-60

Premature ejaculation (PE) is a disorder characterized by three components: (1) a rapid ejaculation, (2), a feeling of lack of control upon ejaculation, (3) and a distress related to this condition. The ... [more ▼]

Premature ejaculation (PE) is a disorder characterized by three components: (1) a rapid ejaculation, (2), a feeling of lack of control upon ejaculation, (3) and a distress related to this condition. The criterion of rapidity appears to be most controversial: some authors refer only to subjects’ judgment, while other ones set a maximum ejaculatory latency. Although it focused some criticisms related to a lack of objective latency criteria, the definition of PE propounded by the DSM-IV(-TR) remains most currently used. PE affects about 15 to 30% of the male population. However, the estimations can vary widely depending on populations and methodologies. Several factors contribute to the occurrence of the disorder: one may very probably charge bio-constitutional risks, learning factors, cultural and cognitive influences and the role of anxiety. No robust data allow to implicate personality factors other than anxiety. The influence of the age remains a controversial topic. Cognitive-behavioral techniques appear to be quite efficient in the treatment of PE. However the success rates are variable, and the precise nature of the therapeutic active process remains unclear. Serotonergic drugs and local anesthetics are also efficient, but their action remains strictly symptomatic. The usefulness of phosphodiesterase-5 inhibitors is disputed. Combining psychological and pharmacological approaches might be promising. Unfortunately, there is a lack of clinical trials in this field. Although effective treatments do exist, only a few affected people appear to use them satisfactorily. Efforts have still to be made in order to train adequately heath practitioners and to make the treatments more accessible to the public. [less ▲]

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See detailEmotional Facial Expression Recognition and Expressivity in Type I and Type II Alcohol Dependent Patients
Dethier, Marie ULg; El Hawa, Maya; Duchateau et al

in Journal of Nonverbal Behavior (2014), 38(1), 89-105

Objective: Alcohol dependent patients (ADs) are known to encounter severe interpersonal problems. Nonverbal communication skills are important for the development of healthy relationships. The present ... [more ▼]

Objective: Alcohol dependent patients (ADs) are known to encounter severe interpersonal problems. Nonverbal communication skills are important for the development of healthy relationships. The present study aimed to explore emotional facial expression (EFE) recognition and posed and spontaneous EFE expressivity in male ADs divided into two groups according to Cloninger’s typology and the impact of their interpersonal relationship quality on the potential nonverbal deficits. Method: Twenty type I ADs, twenty-one type II ADs, and twenty control participants took part in an EFE recognition task and an EFE expressivity task that considered personal emotional events (spontaneous expressivity) and EFE in response to a photo or word cue (posed expressivity). Coding was based on judges’ ratings of participants’ emotional facial expressions. Participants additionally completed a questionnaire on interpersonal relationship quality. Results: No difference between the three groups emerged in the EFE recognition task. Type II ADs showed heightened deficits compared with type I ADs in EFE expressivity: Judges perceived less accurate posed EFE in response to a cue word and less intense and positive spontaneous EFE in type II ADs compared to control participants. In addition, type II ADs reported more relationship difficulties compared to both type I ADs and control participants. These interpersonal relationship difficulties were related to some of the EFE expressivity deficits of AD-IIs. Conclusions: This study underlines the important differences between the interpersonal functioning of AD subtypes. [less ▲]

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See detailStabilité et clarté du concept de soi : Comment se caractérise l'identité des patients dépressifs ?
Wagener, Aurélie ULg; Weigend, Alicia; Boulanger, Marie ULg et al

Poster (2013, November 16)

BACKGROUND. Depression is a psychopathology that affects many people (33.4 million every year in Europe). Depressed patients may demonstrate large variations in the evaluation of themselves (instability ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND. Depression is a psychopathology that affects many people (33.4 million every year in Europe). Depressed patients may demonstrate large variations in the evaluation of themselves (instability of self-esteem and of self-efficacy). In addition, it has been demonstrated that, in the general population, negative feelings and emotions are positively correlated with the volatility of self-representations. However, no study has assessed the stability of personal identity in depressed patients. Some researchers have nevertheless shown that changes in personality traits are observable in the development of depressive disorder. HYPTHESES. Depressed patients’ description of their traits of personality varies depending on the mood phases crossings unlike that of control subjects who remained stable. METHOD. Depressed patients (N = 17, M age = 51) were compared to control subjects (N = 18, M age = 47). Severity of depressive symptoms (BDI -II), implicit (name - letter task) and explicit (CSR) self-esteem, stability of identity and self-concept clarity were assessed. RESULTS. Depressed patients have a self-perception less stable than control subjects and a lower clarity of identity. The severity of depressive symptoms was positively correlated with poorer clarity of identity. DISCUSSION. These results support our hypothesis. Experimental and clinical perspectives of these will be discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailOvergenerality Memory Style for Past and Future Events and Emotions Related in Bipolar Disorder. What are the Links with Problem Solving and Interpersonal Relationships?
Boulanger, Marie ULg; Lejeune, Aurélie; Blairy, Sylvie ULg

in Psychiatry Research (2013), 210(3), 863-870

This study investigated patients with Bipolar Disorder’s abilities to generate specific past and future events in response to positive and negative cues words as well as emotional intensity related to ... [more ▼]

This study investigated patients with Bipolar Disorder’s abilities to generate specific past and future events in response to positive and negative cues words as well as emotional intensity related to these ones. The relationships between the number of generated specific events cognitive functioning, interpersonal problems and the ability to problem solving were investigated. Nineteen BD and nineteen healthy controls completed a French version of the AMT to evaluate the past and future events recall, in function of their valence, and emotions related. Furthermore, they completed the Optional Thinking Test, the Inventory of Interpersonal Problems and the neuropsychological measures. Compared to healthy controls, BD recollected (1) fewer specific past negative events and (2) fewer future specific positive and negative events furthermore, (3) they felt more emotional intensity related to future events. These results were explained in the light of theoretical models. Finally, specific past memories deficits in BD were linked with issues in problem solving but not with levels of distress arising from interpersonal problems. In view of AM functions in everyday life, all types of deficits should be taken into consideration, and AM remediation envisaged. [less ▲]

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See detailIdentity in schizophrenia: A study of trait self-knowledge
Boulanger, Marie ULg; Dethier, Marie ULg; Gendre, Francis et al

in Psychiatry Research (2013), 209(3), 367-374

Identity results from interlock of two systems which are a set of abstracted representations about oneself and a phenomenological self. Literature highlights identity disturbance in schizophrenia that ... [more ▼]

Identity results from interlock of two systems which are a set of abstracted representations about oneself and a phenomenological self. Literature highlights identity disturbance in schizophrenia that affects each of both systems. In the same vein, the present study investigates the stability and the quality of traits self-knowledge, a component of abstracted representations of self, in schizophrenia patients. Sixty-eight patients with schizophrenia and 68 healthy control subjects completed a short version of a personality scale (LABEL). This scale is composed of two versions (A and B), each comprising 50 adjectives that correspond to synonymous adjectives in the alternate list. Participants indicated how these adjectives described themselves and completed both versions of the scale on two separate occasions, one month apart. The findings showed that schizophrenic patients presented an unstable identity and change in identity quality compared with healthy subjects. However, this identity disturbance was weaker than expected. These results are discussed in a part of autobiographical memory disturbances in schizophrenia, illness duration and the decompensation stage. [less ▲]

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See detailMental Time Travel in First Degree Relatives of Schizophrenia Patients
Boulanger, Marie ULg; Wagener, Aurélie ULg; Duke, Géraldine et al

Poster (2013, July 23)

Introduction. Genetic and environmental factors are important to explain the causation of schizophrenia. The families’ studies can help us to better understand the genetic influence. Indeed, the cognitive ... [more ▼]

Introduction. Genetic and environmental factors are important to explain the causation of schizophrenia. The families’ studies can help us to better understand the genetic influence. Indeed, the cognitive deficits found in the unaffected biological relatives of schizophrenia patients parallel the deficits found in patients. These deficits might be putative endophenotypic markers of schizophrenia, ie. characteristics that mark the presence of a genetic predisposition to a certain disease or disability, in this case, the schizophrenia (Sitskoorn et al., 2004). In this way, previous studies reported that compared to healthy controls (HC), the relatives show cognitive impairments that are similar but milder degree than those of schizophrenia patients (SCh). The deficits affect cognitive functions such as verbal memory, attention and executive function; hence the interests to take into account the endophenotypic markers. To our knowledge, no study has yet assessed the abilities to mental time travel in the relatives despite that this cognitive function is impairment in SCh (Cuervo-Lombard et al., 2007; D’argembeau et al., 2008; Wood and Brewin, 2006). The mental time travel allows individuals both to retrieve past personal autobiographical information and to project into future personal events. Further, it is related to the continuity and the stability of identity, which has also been described as fragmented instable or discontinuous in SCh (Boulanger et al., submitted; deBonis et al., 1995; Nieznanski, 2004). Consequently, the ability to mental time travel could be a relevant endophenotypic marker. Method. 31 SCh, 33 relatives and 31 HC generated both ten past memories and ten future events in response to cue words from TeMA (a French version of AMT). In parallel, they completed cognitive tests, such as the Stroop Color-Word Test, the Trail Making Test, the Digit Span Backward and Forward Test (WAIS-III) and questionnaires which evaluated mood disturbances such as BDI-II and STAI-Y. Finally, participants were asked to respond to a short version of LABEL, which measured identity stability. Results. SCh showed deficits on all measures in comparison to HC. However no significant differences emerged between relatives and HC on measures of time travel. Nevertheless, differences were found for interference score (Stroop-Color-Words Test) and score on part B from TMT, as well as relatives and SCh. Discussion. Despite the fact that the majority of the relatives’ scores on different measures are not significant in comparison to HC and SCh, their results situated between the results of both groups. These results are discussed in the light of previous research. [less ▲]

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See detailL'activation comportementale: principes et efficacité
Blairy, Sylvie ULg

Conference (2013, June 13)

Ce programme est basé sur le rôle du comportement opérant dans la dépression. Une attention particulière est allouée à la fonction des évitements dans le maintien de l'état dépressif. Les outils ... [more ▼]

Ce programme est basé sur le rôle du comportement opérant dans la dépression. Une attention particulière est allouée à la fonction des évitements dans le maintien de l'état dépressif. Les outils thérapeutiques sont la psychoéducation, le relevé des activités quotidiennes avec mesures de la satisfaction, la planification d'activités et une réflexion sur les domaines de vie importants pour le patient avec incitation à la mise en place d'activités dans ces domaines de vie. L'efficacité de ce programme thérapeutique est bien documentée dans la littérature scientifique. [less ▲]

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See detailRevue de la littérature - Dépression, activation comportementale et processus psychologiques
Wagener, Aurélie ULg; Blairy, Sylvie ULg

Poster (2013, June 11)

Depression is a syndrome from which 12% of men and 20% women suffer. Behavioral activation (AC) is a structured and brief psychotherapeutic procedure which has shown its efficacy in the treatment of ... [more ▼]

Depression is a syndrome from which 12% of men and 20% women suffer. Behavioral activation (AC) is a structured and brief psychotherapeutic procedure which has shown its efficacy in the treatment of depression. It follows two objectives: 1. increase engagement in activities associated with feelings of pleasure and/or control; 2. reduce involvement in activities maintaining negative affects or increasing their risk. This psychotherapeutic approach is composed of different tools such as psychoeducation and activities monitoring. After completing a BA program, subjects reported significantly less anxiety and depression symptoms, but studies haven't focussed on the improvement of psychological processes (PP) which are often biased in anxiety and depressive disorders (eg, avoidance and ruminations). This literature review presents PP on which BA could have an impact. [less ▲]

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See detailCombination of actor’s play training and assertiveness program to reduce difficulties in self-affirmation: A preliminary study.
Wagener, Aurélie ULg; Delvaux, Muriel ULg; Sarto, Danielle et al

in 2013 BAPS Annual Meeting : Conference booklet (2013, May 28)

BACKGROUND. Difficulties in assertiveness are often reported by individuals suffering from various psychological problems involving anxiety, depression. Cognitive and behavioral therapeutic procedures ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND. Difficulties in assertiveness are often reported by individuals suffering from various psychological problems involving anxiety, depression. Cognitive and behavioral therapeutic procedures have already proven their effectiveness in helping these patients. The aim of our study was to test the efficacy of new therapeutic procedure, inspired by the third wave of behavioral and cognitive psychotherapies. METHOD. Our study used an actor’s play training combined with an assertiveness program which comprised ten sessions: five of which were animated by an actress and five by a psychologist-psychotherapist. Each actor play’s session was given alternatively with a psychoeducation’s session. Twenty subjects participated in this program. They fulfilled these pre and post-test assessments: social self-efficacy questionnaire, self-affirmation scales, self-esteem scale, communication scale, anxiety and depression scales. Repeated measures’ ANOVAs have been used to compare pre and post-test results. RESULTS. Results showed statistically significant improvements on each dependent variable, except for the Communication Scale. The higher effects appeared for Beck Depression Inventory and Social Self-efficacy Questionnaire which presented an effect size of 0,74 and 0,56, respectively. Scores on STAI-A and B and on Self-affirmation Scale were over the effect size’s threshold. However, these improvements don’t attain control group’s scores reported in the scientific literature. DISCUSSION. The results highlighted that our program is effective in reducing difficulties in assertiveness. [less ▲]

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See detailPsychosocial needs and perception of inequity: How spouses react to the cancer of their partner?
Wagener, Aurélie ULg; Bragard, Isabelle ULg; Jonius, Bénédicte et al

in 2013 BAPS Annual Meeting : Conference booklet (2013, May 28)

Background. Several studies have highlighted the importance of psychosocial needs in cancer patients’ spouses. Our study’s aim was to reduce these spouses’ needs, using a combination of two ... [more ▼]

Background. Several studies have highlighted the importance of psychosocial needs in cancer patients’ spouses. Our study’s aim was to reduce these spouses’ needs, using a combination of two psychotherapeutic methods: 1. Psychosocial needs’ organization into a hierarchy; 2. Problem-solving method. We also assessed perception of inequity, which is a new concept used in psycho-oncology. This perception focusses on two feelings that spouses might experience in their relationships: firstly, the feeling of overbenefit and underinvestment; secondly, the feeling of underbenefit and overinvestment. Method. A longitudinal design with three assessments (T0,T1,T2) and two groups (experimental, control) was employed. Spouses fulfilled questionnaires: socio-demographic questionnaire, Psychosocial Needs Inventory, Perception of Inequity, Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale. At T0, all participants organised their psychosocial needs into a hierarchy. Experimental group practiced problem-solving method before control group. Indeed, experimental group practiced it between T0 and T1 while control group practiced it only between T1 and T2. Results. Thirty-seven spouses participated: N experimental group=19; N control group=18. Whenever the combination was given, repeated measures’ ANOVAs highlighted a significant decrease in unsatisfied psychosocial needs when participants have received both methods. Nevertheless, our results did not replicate previous findings according to which spouses experience a higher feeling of overinvestment and underbenefit than feeling of underinvestment and overbenefit. Discussion. Our results underline the interest of proposing psychotherapeutic methods to cancer patients’ spouses to reduce unsatisfied psychosocial needs: clinical implications will be further discussed. Moreover, perception of inequity is a significant concept in psycho-oncology which consequences will also be discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailCombination of actor's play training and assertiveness program to reduce difficulties in self-affirmation: A preliminary study.
Wagener, Aurélie ULg; Delvaux, Muriel ULg; Sarto, Danielle et al

Poster (2013, May 28)

BACKGROUND. Difficulties in assertiveness are often reported by individuals suffering from various psychological problems involving anxiety, depression. Cognitive and behavioral therapeutic procedures ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND. Difficulties in assertiveness are often reported by individuals suffering from various psychological problems involving anxiety, depression. Cognitive and behavioral therapeutic procedures have already proven their effectiveness in helping these patients. The aim of our study was to test the efficacy of new therapeutic procedure, inspired by the third wave of behavioral and cognitive psychotherapies. METHOD. Our study used an actor’s play training combined with an assertiveness program which comprised ten sessions: five of which were animated by an actress and five by a psychologist-psychotherapist. Each actor play’s session was given alternatively with a psychoeducation’s session. Twenty subjects participated in this program. They fulfilled these pre and post-test assessments: social self-efficacy questionnaire, self-affirmation scales, self-esteem scale, communication scale, anxiety and depression scales. Repeated measures’ ANOVAs have been used to compare pre and post-test results. RESULTS. Results showed statistically significant improvements on each dependent variable, except for the Communication Scale. The higher effects appeared for Beck Depression Inventory and Social Self-efficacy Questionnaire which presented an effect size of 0,74 and 0,56, respectively. Scores on STAI-A and B and on Self-affirmation Scale were over the effect size’s threshold. However, these improvements don’t attain control group’s scores reported in the scientific literature. DISCUSSION. The results highlighted that our program is effective in reducing difficulties in assertiveness. [less ▲]

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See detailPsychosocial needs and perception of inequity: How spouses react to the cancer of their partner?
Wagener, Aurélie ULg; Bragard, Isabelle ULg; Jonius, Bénédicte et al

Poster (2013, May 28)

Background. Several studies have highlighted the importance of psychosocial needs in cancer patients’ spouses. Our study’s aim was to reduce these spouses’ needs, using a combination of two ... [more ▼]

Background. Several studies have highlighted the importance of psychosocial needs in cancer patients’ spouses. Our study’s aim was to reduce these spouses’ needs, using a combination of two psychotherapeutic methods: 1. Psychosocial needs’ organization into a hierarchy; 2. Problem-solving method. We also assessed perception of inequity, which is a new concept used in psycho-oncology. This perception focusses on two feelings that spouses might experience in their relationships: firstly, the feeling of overbenefit and underinvestment; secondly, the feeling of underbenefit and overinvestment. Method. A longitudinal design with three assessments (T0,T1,T2) and two groups (experimental, control) was employed. Spouses fulfilled questionnaires: socio-demographic questionnaire, Psychosocial Needs Inventory, Perception of Inequity, Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale. At T0, all participants organised their psychosocial needs into a hierarchy. Experimental group practiced problem-solving method before control group. Indeed, experimental group practiced it between T0 and T1 while control group practiced it only between T1 and T2. Results. Thirty-seven spouses participated: N experimental group=19; N control group=18. Whenever the combination was given, repeated measures’ ANOVAs highlighted a significant decrease in unsatisfied psychosocial needs when participants have received both methods. Nevertheless, our results did not replicate previous findings according to which spouses experience a higher feeling of overinvestment and underbenefit than feeling of underinvestment and overbenefit. Discussion. Our results underline the interest of proposing psychotherapeutic methods to cancer patients’ spouses to reduce unsatisfied psychosocial needs. [less ▲]

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See detailSelf-Defining Memories and Identity in Schizophrenia: Preliminary Results.
Boulanger, Marie ULg; Marchal Laurie; Blairy, Sylvie ULg

Poster (2013, March 18)

The reciprocal relationship between autobiographical memory (AM) and identity is well known. In schizophrenia, there is evidence that both identity and AM are impaired. Indeed, identity has been described ... [more ▼]

The reciprocal relationship between autobiographical memory (AM) and identity is well known. In schizophrenia, there is evidence that both identity and AM are impaired. Indeed, identity has been described as fragmented, instable or still discontinuous in these patients (Boulanger et al., submitted; deBonis et al., 1995; Nieznanski, 2004). Further, schizophrenia patients’ (SCh) AM impairments were described as difficulties to retrieve specific memories (Cuervo-Lombard et al., 2007; D’argembeau et al., 2008; Neumann et al., 2007; Wood et al., 2006). SCh have specificity impairment for mill run autobiographical memories (AMs) and also, for AMs particularly important for construction and continuity to identity as self-defining memories (SDMs; Benounna-Greene, 2001; Raffard et al., 2009, 2010; Robinson and Taylor, 1998). SDMs have been particularly relevant in understanding the relationship between the identity and AM. Identity emerges during late adolescence and early adulthood period called “remimiscence bump period” because, it is characterized by a profusion of recalled memories in comparison to others periods of life span. Possibly, many memories from this period are of SDMs (Singer & Salovey, 1993) and have a powerful effect in binding the identity to a specific reality. Consequently, we supposed that identity impairments showed by SCch are related to SDMs deficits. 19 SCh and 19 healthy controls paired participated to this study. They were asked to give ten enduring “I am” statements that they felt “defined their identity.” Then, they selected the three statements among the ten, which are the “most personally significant to their sense of identity”. They were asked to recall three SDMs by each of three statements selected. Afterwards, they were asked to give: (1) their age for each statement when they felt it was a significant part of their identity, (2) their age at the time that the remembered event occurred. In parallel, the participants were completed neuropsychological measures, BDI-II, PANSS and, an identity stability measure. The results are discussed on the light of previous research [less ▲]

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