Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Identifier

2477

Date

2015

Date of Award

7-27-2015

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

Major

Psychology

Concentration

Clinical Psychology

Committee Chair

Jeffrey S. Berman

Committee Member

Frank Andrasik

Committee Member

Robert Neimeyer

Committee Member

William Dwyer

Abstract

Psychotherapy dropout is often regarded as an indicator of treatment failure. However, this assumed relationship between dropout and outcome has not been well established. The current research consisted of three meta-analytic studies, the results of which found (a) greater dropout from one treatment relative to another was predictive of the greater effectiveness of that treatment for the completers, (b) individuals who dropped out of therapy were more distressed at posttreatment than individuals who completed therapy, and (c) individuals who dropped out began treatment more distressed than those who completed therapy. The issue of continued ambiguity in the meaning of dropout is discussed as well as the promising potential for future research in the area of dropout as it relates to outcome.

Comments

Data is provided by the student.

Library Comment

dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.

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