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ERIC Number: EJ897262
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 53
ISSN: ISSN-1040-3590
Causal Client Models in Selecting Effective Interventions: A Cognitive Mapping Study
de Kwaadsteniet, Leontien; Hagmayer, York; Krol, Nicole P. C. M.; Witteman, Cilia L. M.
Psychological Assessment, v22 n3 p581-592 Sep 2010
An important reason to choose an intervention to treat psychological problems of clients is the expectation that the intervention will be effective in alleviating the problems. The authors investigated whether clinicians base their ratings of the effectiveness of interventions on models that they construct representing the factors causing and maintaining a client's problems. Forty clinical child psychologists drew causal models and rank ordered interventions according to their expected effectiveness for 2 cases. The authors found that different clinicians constructed different causal models for the same client. Also, the authors found low to moderate agreement about the effectiveness of different interventions. Nevertheless, the authors could predict clinicians' ratings of effectiveness from their individual causal models. (Contains 2 figures, 5 tables, and 5 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Netherlands
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Child Behavior Checklist; Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children