Module 45 - Module 45 DOES PSYCHOTHERAPY WORK? Two...

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Module 45 DOES PSYCHOTHERAPY WORK? Two questions loom over psychotherapy o Can humans help humans change? o Are some forms of helping better than others? PERSPECTIVES ON PSYCHOTHERAPY The bottom line: does psychotherapy work? According to Consumer Report , mental health professionals are very effective There are two reasons that researchers are cautious when it comes to using personal endorsements from clients to measure the effectiveness of psychotherapy o Both therapists and clients are motivated to believe that their efforts were successful o People often get better on their own, without treatment Hans Eysenck (1952) discovered that people who got treated improved just as much as people who were simply on a waiting list to get treated o It turns out that the ones who were treated improved more than those who weren’t Eysenck’s article inspired an active, sophisticated generation of clinical researchers determined to evaluate psychotherapy outcomes Mary Lee Smith (1980) determined that “psychotherapy benefits people of all
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This note was uploaded on 04/04/2008 for the course PSYCH 101 taught by Professor Brill during the Fall '07 term at Rutgers.

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Module 45 - Module 45 DOES PSYCHOTHERAPY WORK? Two...

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