Comparison of the effectiveness of cognitive rehabilitation treatment and metacognitive therapy on perceived anxiety, depression and cognitive skills

Document Type : Research Paper


1 Department of health psychology of Islamic Azad University-University in Dubai, United Arabe Emirates.

2 Department of Health neuropsychology Associate of Department of Post Graduate Studies in psychology Islamic Azad University Karaj Branch I. R. Iran. (First Supervisor)

3 Department of Psychology, Associate Professor, Islamic Azad University, Tonekabon Branch (Second Supervisor) Iran.

4 Department of Health Psychology, Professor of Islamic Azad University, Karaj Branch (First Advisor), Iran


Background and Objective: The aim of this study was to compare the effectiveness of cognitive rehabilitation treatment (NB software) and metacognitive therapy (MCT) on depression and perceived anxiety and cognitive skills (attention and working memory) of adolescents living in boarding schools.
 Method: This research was conducted in Tehran as a semi-experimental type of research with control group and follow-up stage (PPF). The statistical population includes all adolescents living in welfare boarding schools in the age group of 15 to 18 years and in the city of Tehran in 1398. In the first stage, 100 volunteers were selected as available to participate in the research. 60 people were selected through purposive sampling and randomly drawn in three groups of 20 people.
Results: The first group underwent cognitive rehabilitation treatment in 8 individual sessions. The second group was treated with 8 metacognitive group sessions and the third group was not treated as a control group. From these 60 people, pre-test and post-test were taken and in the last stage, about six months later, in the follow-up stage, the first and second groups were followed up again and the data were compared. Mankova and Bonferroni alpha statistical models were used to analyze the results.
 Conclusion: The outcomes of data analysis showed that depression and anxiety in the group undergoing metacognitive therapy had a greater reduction than the other group and also improved memory function and attention, after 8 sessions of training with NB software more improvement than treatment has metacognition. Also, the data in the follow-up stage show the persistence of the treatment effect on the subjects.