Rational emotive therapy and future planner in reducing unwed expectant mothers' anxiety and insecurity

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Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling Psychology

Subject Categories

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy


Br. Andrew Gonzalez FSC College of Education


Counseling and Educational Psychology

Thesis Adviser

Imelda V. G. Villar

Defense Panel Chair

Naomi R. Ruiz

Defense Panel Member

Ma. Belen Vergara
Salud P. Evangelista
Rose Marie Salazar-Clemeña
Gundelina A. Velazco


The effectiveness of Rational Emotive Therapy (RET) and Future Planner (FP), singly and combined, in reducing anxiety and insecurity levels of unwed expectant mothers is investigated in this study.This study used the N=1 or single case research. It is replicated with pretest, posttest, and delayed posttest design. The six clients were referred to three treatment groups: (1) Rational Emotive Therapy (2) Future Planner (FP) (3) RET-FP combined. Each treatment group had two clients for therapy one client served as the control client for all.The instruments used to measure the change in anxiety and insecurity were Security-Insecurity Inventory (SI), State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI), the Idea Inventory (II), Client's Self-Evaluation Report (SER), and the Report of the Significant Person (RSP).The results indicated that the treatments were effective in reducing the anxiety and insecurity level of the clients. It was evident that the treatments were able to reduce the cognitive-affective symptoms of clients and their irrational beliefs. Among the three treatment methods, RET brought about greater reduction in insecurity and anxiety while FP was quicker in bringing about the reduction in insecurity and anxiety. The combined treatment of RET-FP brought about greater stability to the effects. The effects of the treatment were stable over a period of one month.

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Archives, The Learning Commons, 12F Henry Sy Sr. Hall

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227 leaves ; Computer print-out


Rational emotive behavior therapy; Unmarried mothers; Anxiety; Security (Psychology); Therapeutics

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