Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy
Jeffrey S. Berman
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.
dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Reich, Catherine Marie, "Are Psychotherapies with More Dropout Also Less Effective?" (2015). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1253.