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(p. 1) The Unified Protocol for Transdiagnostic Treatment of Emotional Disorders: An Introduction 

(p. 1) The Unified Protocol for Transdiagnostic Treatment of Emotional Disorders: An Introduction
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(p. 1) The Unified Protocol for Transdiagnostic Treatment of Emotional Disorders: An Introduction
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Katherine A. Kennedy

and David H. Barlow

DOI:
10.1093/med-psych/9780190255541.003.0001
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date: 17 November 2019

This chapter recounts the origins of the Unified Protocol for Transdiagnostic Treatment of Emotional Disorders (UP) as it developed over a period of several decades. The rationale for developing it was derived from research emerging over this period of time that highlighted commonalities among anxiety, depressive, and related disorders, focusing on emotional disruption and dysregulation, as well as research highlighting common underlying temperamental factors associated with all these disorders. With a particular emphasis on the temperament of neuroticism, transdiagnostic constructs in emotional disorders that are fundamental aspects of neuroticism, such as increased anxiety sensitivity, decreased mindfulness, experiential avoidance, and negative appraisals and attributions, were identified and became targets for treatment. After presentation of the core elements comprising the UP, research supporting its efficacy, including a recently completed large clinical trial, is presented.

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