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The “Cognitive Revolution” has involved substantial changes in the emphasis of clinical practice and research interests of behaviour therapists. Work carried out in this area suggests that earlier fears about the potentially damaging effects of cognitive-behaviour therapy were unfounded. It can be argued that cognitive orientations have gained such widespread acceptance amongst behaviour therapists because the approaches are highly compatible at clinical and research levels, and because behaviour therapy had already started to incorporate similar concepts. Furthermore, cognitive models have also provided a wealth of new ideas and methods which considerably enhance behavioural approaches whilst leaving the fundamentals intact. © 1986, British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies. All rights reserved.

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Behavioural Psychotherapy

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278 - 282