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ERIC Number: ED198428
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr-1
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Predicting Discontinuation in Psychotherapy Via Psychometric and Demographic Variables.
Sheehan, Edward
Clients who contact mental health centers but fail to follow through for treatment present a significant problem for therapists. Being able to predict which clients will not follow through with an initial therapy session could be very beneficial. At intake, subjects (N=27) who had requested service from a mental health center provided demographic data and completed the Symptom Check List (SCL90R) and a single question regarding expectation of success in therapy. The intake therapist rated subjects using the MACC Behavioral Adjustment Scale. Seven subjects did not return to begin therapy. From the SCL90R, the scales of Hostility, Paranoia, and Additional items approached significance as predictors of appearance for therapy. Demographic factors of marital status, religion, and prior contact with a mental health facility, as well as expectation were found to be significantly associated with appearance for therapy. (NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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