ERIC Number: EJ744487
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jun
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Efficacy of Brief Telephone Psychotherapy with Callers to a Suicide Hotline
Rhee, Wayne K.; Merbaum, Michael; Strube, Michael J.; Self, Susan M.
Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, v35 n3 p317-328 Jun 2005
The efficacy of two types of therapy conducted exclusively over the telephone was studied. Clients (N = 55) were recruited from a pool of callers to a suicide hotline and were randomly assigned to a waiting list control (WC) or Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) or Common Factors Therapy (CFT). It was hypothesized that improvements would be significantly higher in the two therapy conditions compared to the waitlist control and SFBT would be significantly more efficacious than CFT. Results confirmed that improvement was significantly higher in the two treatment conditions compared to the waitlist control, but no difference in improvement was found between SFBT and CFT. The implications of these findings for suicide hotlines are discussed.
Descriptors: Psychotherapy, Community Information Services, Telecommunications, Suicide, Hypothesis Testing, Comparative Analysis, Counseling Effectiveness, Counseling Techniques
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