An Investigation of Clinically Significant Change among Child and Adolescent Clients of a Graduate-Level Training Clinic
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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
M. Scott DeBerard (Committee Chair), Susan L. Crowley (Committee Co-Chair)
M. Scott DeBerard
Susan L. Crowley
Gretchen Gimpel Peacock
Martin J. Toohill
Renee V. Galliher
The study examined parent-reported child and adolescent outcomes for youth being seen for psychotherapy services on a measure of symptoms of distress (Youth-Outcome Questionnaire 2.01). All clients were seen for psychotherapy services by graduate-level student therapists who were currently in training at a psychology training clinic. Parents of clients completed a questionnaire to assess symptoms of distress at each psychotherapy visit and the study sought to define the trajectory of change that clients experience throughout treatment. Specifically, the study aimed to determine to what degree change in outcomes was statistically significant and meaningful for clients and on average, how many sessions were needed for the majority of clients to demonstrate a significant change in score. One hundred sixty-nine youth clients were included. Approximately 24% of clients seen for treatment demonstrated clinically significant change, or a change in outcomes that was statistically significant and meaningful for the client. The average time required for 50% of clients to demonstrate clinically significant change was 18 sessions. The current findings are discussed in relation to other studies conducted in training settings and with youth psychotherapy outcomes. The implications of these findings for student therapist training, service delivery, and clinic procedure are discussed.
Prout, Kerry K., "An Investigation of Clinically Significant Change among Child and Adolescent Clients of a Graduate-Level Training Clinic" (2016). All Graduate Theses and Dissertations. 4775.
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