Comparing cognitive-behavior therapy and positive psychology to enhance emotional well-being

  • Sheila Pintado Universidad de las Américas Puebla (UDLAP)
  • Marco Castillo Universidad de las Américas Puebla (UDLAP)
  • Julio C. Penagos-Corzo Julio C. Penagos-Corzo
Keywords: cognitive-behavioral therapy, well-being, positive psychology, anxiety, depression


The effect of adding a cognitive behavioral program to an intervention program in Positive Psychology was. For this purpose, 45 university students were measured by SWLS, PANAS, CES-D, BAI and HADS scales and assigned to one of two groups: a) intervention with positive psychology or b) intervention with more cognitive-behavioral positive psychology. Pre-post comparisons indicate that a Positive Psychology intervention significantly increases life satisfaction and positive affect and significantly decreases negative affect, depressive symptoms and anxiety symptoms (p < .05). Moreover, ANCOVA analysis show that the Cognitive-behavioral intervention does not contributed anything additional to the program of positive psychology in each of the variables measured (p > .05). In short, our findings suggest that it is possible to offer psychological assistance by providing tools from Positive Psychology that promote well-being and psychological health focusing on maximizing strengths within a small period intervention.

            Keywords: anxiety; depression; positive emotions; wellness; psychological health

Author Biographies

Sheila Pintado, Universidad de las Américas Puebla (UDLAP)

Doctora en Psicología por la Universidad de Valencia (España)

Profesora de tiempo completo y Coordinadora de los Posgrados en Psicología en la Universidad de las Américas Puebla (UDLAP)

Miembro del Sistema Nacional de Investigadores (SNI)

Marco Castillo, Universidad de las Américas Puebla (UDLAP)
Licenciado en Psicología por la Universidad de las Américas Puebla (UDLAP)
Julio C. Penagos-Corzo, Julio C. Penagos-Corzo

Doctor en Ciencias del Lenguaje por la Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla

Profesor de tiempo completo en la Universidad de las Américas Puebla (UDLAP)


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How to Cite
Pintado, S., Castillo, M., & Penagos-Corzo, J. C. (2018). Comparing cognitive-behavior therapy and positive psychology to enhance emotional well-being. Revista Interamericana De Psicologia/Interamerican Journal of Psychology, 52(2).