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Setting up a study on depression treatments

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I am doing a paper investigating whether a combination of behavioral therapy and medication is more successful in treating depression patients than medication alone. I need help in putting this paper together along with some references. I also need to address these questions:

1. Describe your selected research issue, problem, or opportunity.

2. Formulate both a numerical and verbal hypothesis statement concerning your selected research issue, problem, or opportunity.

3. Explain how the five steps of hypothesis testing may be used to evaluate solutions for your selected research issue, problem, or opportunity.

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This posting provides guidance on setting up a study comparing different treatments for depression, namely behavioral therapy and medication. It provides several peer-reviewed sources that are relevant to this topic and explains how to state the hypotheses and follow the five steps of hypothesis testing for the proposed study.

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Here are a few references (they're kind of old, but they'll at least give you a good start on the material):

Blackburn, I. M., Bishop, S., Glen, A. I., Whalley, L. J., & Christie, J. E. (1981). The efficacy of cognitive therapy in depression: a treatment trial using cognitive therapy and pharmacotherapy, each alone and in combination. The British Journal of Psychiatry, 139, 181-189.

Blackburn, I. M., Eunson, K. M., & Bishop, S. (1986). A two-year naturalistic follow-up of depressed patients treated with cognitive therapy, pharmacotherapy and a combination of both. Journal of Affective Disorders, 10, 67-75.

Blackburn, I. M., & Bishop, S. (1983). Changes in cognition with pharmacotherapy and cognitive therapy. British Journal of Psychiatry, 143, 609-617.

Antonuccio, D. O., Danton, W. G., & DeNelsky, G. Y. (1995). Psychotherapy versus medication for depression: Challenging the conventional wisdom with data. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 26, ...

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