Journal article Open Access
Oliveira, Joana; Certel, Catarina; & Domingues, Cecile
The present study used quantitative methods with pretest and post-test in order to assess the efficacy of human behaviour map (HBM) psychotherapeutic model in the treatment of. For the development of this research and taking into account the goals initially set, a convenience sample of 85 adults from various districts in Portugal were recruited. It was revealed that 83.4% of the participants found the therapeutic intervention effective after five and ten sessions. There is a statistically significant difference t (84) = 18.07, p < 0 .001) between the mean degree of depression pretest and post-test concluding thereby that the HBM psychotherapeutic intervention had a significant impact in reducing the degree of patients’ depression. The complete remission of depressive is verified on 80% of the sample. Lastly, it was also observed that the HBM intervention is highly efficient and effective in treating depression, having a statistically significant efficacy (M = 13.87; X2 = 0.005), especially in those cases where the initial depression index is more severe before treatment.