Evaluating Psychotherapies

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Evaluating Psychotherapies 6. Discuss the findings regarding the effectiveness of the psychotherapies, and explain why ineffective therapies are often mistakenly perceived to be of value. In addition to the sheer power of positive expectation, regression toward the mean may lead clients and therapists to perceive value in ineffective therapies. Feeling low tends to be followed by our return to a more normal state and anything we tried in the interim may seem effective. Outcome research reveals that (1) people who remain untreated often improve; (2) those who receive psychotherapy are more likely to improve, regardless of what kind of therapy they receive and for how long; (3) mature, articulate people with specific behavior problems often receive the greatest benefits from therapy; but (4) placebo treatments or the friendly counsel of paraprofessionals also tends to produce more improvement than occurs with untreated people.
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This note was uploaded on 12/04/2011 for the course PSY 2012 taught by Professor Scheff during the Fall '08 term at Broward College.

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