Decreased depression up to one year following CBSM+ intervention in depressed women with AIDS: the smart/EST women's project

J Health Psychol. 2005 Mar;10(2):223-31. doi: 10.1177/1359105305049772.


This prospective multisite Phase III clinical trial (Miami, New York, New Jersey) investigated the long-term (one year) effects of a 10-week group cognitive-behavioral stress management/expressive supportive therapy (CBSM+) intervention on disadvantaged minority women living with AIDS. The CBSM+ intervention consisted of 10-weekly group session of stress management, cognitive-behavioral skill training, relaxation techniques and expressive-supportive therapeutic strategies. The primary study outcome was self-reported depression scores as measured by the BDI. The CBSM+ Group intervention significantly decreased depression scores on the BDI for women following the intervention and maintained the decreased level at one-year follow-up.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome / epidemiology*
  • Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome / psychology*
  • Adult
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy / methods*
  • Depression* / diagnosis
  • Depression* / epidemiology
  • Depression* / therapy
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Psychotherapy, Group / methods*
  • Social Facilitation
  • Social Support*