DOI: 10.14704/nq.2017.15.4.1122

Effects of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) Intervention Program on Mental Health in Female College Students

Lixin Xu, Hansheng Liu


This study tested the efficacy of an 8-weeks Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) programme on adjusted irrational beliefs and mental symptoms. The sample of 60 female college students was randomly assigned to a REBT (n = 25) and non-REBT group (n = 35). We expected increase mental symptoms in the non-REBT group, but not in the REBT group, due to the REBT programme intervention. According to our data, adjusted irrational beliefs increased in the REBT group but remained unchanged in the non-REBT group. Even a REBT programme intervention of 8-sessions can protect female college students from an increase in mental symptoms during the university period.


Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, Intervention, Mental Health, Female Students

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