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Assessing the Effectiveness of Modular Psychotherapy in a Community Clinic

Title: Assessing the Effectiveness of Modular Psychotherapy in a Community Clinic.
Name(s): Timmons, Katherine, author
Joiner, Thomas, professor directing dissertation
Kirby, David, university representative
Cougle, Jesse, committee member
Sachs-Ericsson, Natalie, committee member
Wagner, Richard, committee member
Department of Psychology, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2012
Publisher: Florida State University
Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Although research has supported the use of empirically supported treatments (ESTs) for psychological disorders, many clinicians prefer to use a modular approach integrating interventions from a number of different ESTs. The current study examined the effectiveness of modular therapy in a community clinic serving patients with a wide variety of diagnoses and complex problems. Records were reviewed for 291 adult psychotherapy outpatients; 120 patients received modular therapy and 171 received a single EST. First, the two treatment approaches were compared using a propensity score weighting procedure to correct for the lack of random assignment. Results indicated that there were no significant differences between the treatment types on measures of functional improvement. Next, the effectiveness of modular therapy in the current clinic was assessed using a meta-analytic benchmarking strategy. Results indicated that the unstandardized effect size outcomes for therapist rated improvement were similar to benchmarks from prior research studies. Depressed patients in the current sample showed less improvement compared to prior efficacy studies, but had similar improvement to prior effectiveness studies. Treatment implications and future research directions of these findings were discussed.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-5231 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation submitted to the Department of Psychology in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Degree Awarded: Summer Semester, 2012.
Date of Defense: July 7, 2011.
Keywords: Benchmarking, Evidence Based Treatment, Modular Psychotherapy, Propensity Score, Psychotherapy Outcomes
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Thomas Joiner, Professor Directing Dissertation; David Kirby, University Representative; Jesse Cougle, Committee Member; Natalie Sachs-Ericsson, Committee Member; Richard Wagner, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Psychology
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