From Science Daily:
Unemployed people were more likely to land a job if they used skills commonly taught as part of cognitive therapy for depression, a new study found.
These skills included identifying negative thoughts and countering them with more positive responses and planning enjoyable activities to improve mood.
This study is the first to show that cognitive behavioral (CB) skills not only predict changes in depression symptoms, but also real-life functioning, said Daniel Strunk, co-author of the study and associate professor of psychology at The Ohio State University.
“Searching for a job is difficult in any circumstance, but it may be even more difficult for people who are depressed,” Strunk said.
“But we found that there are specific skills that can help not only manage the symptoms of depression but also make it more likely that a person will receive a job offer.”
Strunk conducted the study with Benjamin Pfeifer, a doctoral student in psychology at Ohio State. Their results appear in the June 2016 issue of the Journal of Clinical Psychology.
The study involved 75 unemployed people, aged 20 to 67, who participated in two online surveys taken three months apart.
The participants completed a variety of questionnaires that measured depressive symptoms and a variety of psychological variables, such as dysfunctional attitudes, brooding and a negative cognitive style. They also completed an instrument that measured how often they used CB skills such as countering their own negative thoughts.
About a third of the sample reported symptoms that would put them in…