ERIC Number: ED476826
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Apr
Common Factors in Historical Perspective.
Lichtenberg, James W.
Although therapy (generically) is robust in its efficacy, different types of therapy do not appear to produce different types or degrees of benefit for clients. From this fact has emerged the perspective that it is factors that are common across therapies and nonspecific to any particular approach that hold the key to efficacy. This view, first logically reasoned and later supported by empirical research, has been reflected within the profession for 65 years. This paper reviews the history of the "common/nonspecific factors" perspective on therapeutic efficacy and the nature of various proposed "common factors." (Contains 40 references.) (Author)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 1-5, 2002).