The effectiveness of schema therapy on the symptoms, severity of early maladaptive schemas, confirm-seeking and self-concept in histrionic personality disorder

Document Type : Research Paper


1 MS. in clinical psychology, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Mashhad, Iran

2 Professor of psychology, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Mashhad, Iran

3 MS. in educational management, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Mashhad, Iran


Introduction: This research aimed to study the effectiveness of schema-therapy on the symptoms, early maladaptive schemas, confirm-seeking, and self-concept of the individuals with histrionic personality disorder.
Materials and Methods: This research is an A-B single subject research with a sample of five individuals with histrionic personality disorder in Mashhad during 2015-2016. In this research we have used SCID semi-structured interview, Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory (MCMI-III), Confirm-Seeking Subscales, Beck’s Dysfunctional Attitudes Questionnaire, Beck Self-Concept Test (BSCT), and Young Early Maladaptive Schemas Questionnaire. In this research, the intervention began after the baseline situation, and sixteen individual schema-therapy sessions were hold, and the follow-up sessions were conducted 6 months after the last therapeutic session. Descriptive statistics and diagram visual analysis and improvement percentage were used for analyzing the research data.
Results: This research showed that the severity of the symptoms of histrionic personality disorder, maladaptive schemas and confirm-seeking of the cases decreased after the intervention but their self-concept increased.
Conclusion: The present study showed that the schema-therapies are effective in the improvement of symptoms, maladaptive schemas, confirm-seeking, and self-concept of the individuals with histrionic personality disorder.


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