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This experimental research aimed to determine the effectiveness of cognitive- behavior group therapy on depression among persons living with HIV. The samples consist of 64 participants , whose met inclusion criteria and had mild or moderate level scores of Beck Depression Inventory (BDI). They were equally assigned into experimental and comparison groups with 32 participants in each group. The experimental group received cognitive-behavioral group therapy whereas the comparison group received routine services. Using Cronbach's (alpha) coefficient of reliability method, the reliability levels for BDI was .85. Data were analyzed by using t-test.
The result revealed that after intervention, the depression of the experimental group was lower than that of the comparison group both immediately and 1 month later (p < 0.05).
It is recommended that the cognitive-behavioral group therapy should be used in decreasing depression among persons living with HIV. In addition, it is suggested to expand this research to other target group.