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ERIC Number: ED197226
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
Psychotherapy Outcome in a Private Practice Setting.
Kirkhart, Kathryn A.; And Others
Although almost one-third of licensed psychologists who work in health care settings are employed primarily in private practice, no major study of outcomes in this setting has been undertaken. Outcomes in a private practice were investigated with 33 adult clients who planned to pursue psychotherapy until release by their therapist. The clients were mildly to moderately disturbed with neurotic or personality disorder diagnoses. The Life Adjustment Rating Form and the Target Problem Rating Form were completed prior to therapeutic intervention and after four months of therapy by clients, therapists and independent raters. On target symptoms the improvement rates reported by client, therapist, and rater were 71%, 61%, and 63%, respectively; 17%, 34%, and 23% reported no change; and deterioration rates were 12%, 6%, and 14%. On the general life adjustment areas improvement was reported by 55%, 66%, and 56% of the clients, therapists, and raters, respectively; 35%, 26% and 39% reported no change; and deterioration rates were 19%, 8%, and 14%. These changes were similar to those reported from other therapy populations. Clients who attended infrequently rated posttherapy life adjustment significantly higher than clients who attended frequently; therapists and independent raters did not report differences between these groups. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A