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Psychological Treatmen4 - Psychological Treatment...

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Psychological Treatment Effectiveness of Treatment Research has shown that many people with psychological disorders benefit from treatment. Effectiveness depends on the specific disorder being treated and the skill of the therapist. Ways of Assessing Effectiveness The effectiveness of a particular therapeutic approach can be assessed in three ways: client testimonials, providers’ perceptions, and empirical research. Client Testimonials Clients who get treatment for psychological problems often testify to their effectiveness. However, such testimonials can be unreliable for several reasons: Regression toward the mean: People often go into treatment because they are in extreme distress. When their distress becomes less extreme, they may attribute this to the treatment’s effectiveness. But even without treatment, extreme distress tends to decrease. The tendency for extreme states to move toward the average when assessed a second time is called regression toward the mean . The placebo effect:
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This note was uploaded on 01/23/2012 for the course PSY PSY2012 taught by Professor Scheff during the Winter '09 term at Broward College.

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