ERIC Number: EJ1134269
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
A Common Factors Approach to Supporting University Students Experiencing Psychological Distress
Surette, Tanya E.; Shier, Micheal L.
Journal of College Student Psychotherapy, v31 n2 p112-131 2017
This study empirically assessed the applicability of the common factors model to students accessing university-based counseling (n = 102). Participants rated symptoms of depression, anxiety, and somatization at intake and discharge. Therapists kept detailed session notes on client factors and therapy process variables. Data were analyzed utilizing structural equation modeling to assess what common factors significantly predicted outcome improvements. Authors found duration of therapy, positive life events, and intimate relationship supports positively influenced outcomes. Increases in the number of intervention approaches and sessions negatively influenced certain outcomes. The present findings have important implications for programming and treatment planning within on-campus counseling services.
Descriptors: College Students, Depression (Psychology), Anxiety, Symptoms (Individual Disorders), School Counseling, Structural Equation Models, Therapy, Counseling Techniques, Experience, Quasiexperimental Design, Models, Allied Health Personnel, Influences, Intimacy, Outcomes of Treatment
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Brief Symptom Inventory
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