10035: Physical Health Following a Cognitive-Behavioral Intervention

About the Course:

Prevention & Treatment, Volume 2, Article 10, posted December 21, 1999
Copyright 1999 by the American Psychological Association

This research study is based on Martin Seligman’s work on optimism/pessimism. Buchanan et al. predicted that their CBT training program would have a positive impact on the health and biological functioning. This study addresses the potential importance of the integration of cognitive with behavioral interventions to enhance physical health. NOTE- This online article is not free


G. Buchanan, C. Bardenswartz, M. E.P. Seligman

About the Author:

Gregory McClellan Buchanan, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology, Beloit College

Cara A. Rubenstein Gardenswartz, M.A.
Department of Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles

Martin E. P. Seligman, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania

Course Objectives:

  1. to explore the relationships between preventive optimism training (CBT) and health behaviors

  2. to explore the relationship among cognitive processes, and biological functioning, behavior, and emotion

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