An evaluation of a CBT group for women with low self-esteem

Liza Morton*, Louise Roach, Helen Reid, Scott Hallam Stewart

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Background: Self-esteem is an important factor in the development and maintenance of good psychological health. Low self-esteem can be a consequence of mental health disorders (such as depression, anxiety and panic) or it can be a vulnerability factor for the development of such problems. Aims and method: The current study reports pilot findings from a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) group intervention for 37 adult women with low self-esteem, based on Fennell's Overcoming Low Self-Esteem Self-Help Course. Results: Findings suggest that the group is (statistically and clinically) effective at increasing levels of self-esteem and at reducing levels of depression and anxiety. Conclusions: Together, results suggest that the group provides an efficient and therapeutically beneficial service. However, since these findings are limited by the lack of control or follow-up data, they warrant further investigation.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages5
Specialist publicationBehavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2012


  • self esteem
  • cognitive behavioural approach
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Mental health


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