Toward making progress feedback an effective common factor in couple therapy

Halford, W. Kim, Hayes, Samira, Christensen, Andrew, Lambert, Michael, Baucom, Donald H. and Atkins, David C. (2012) Toward making progress feedback an effective common factor in couple therapy. Behavior Therapy, 43 1: 49-60. doi:10.1016/j.beth.2011.03.005

Author Halford, W. Kim
Hayes, Samira
Christensen, Andrew
Lambert, Michael
Baucom, Donald H.
Atkins, David C.
Title Toward making progress feedback an effective common factor in couple therapy
Journal name Behavior Therapy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0005-7894
Publication date 2012-03
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.beth.2011.03.005
Volume 43
Issue 1
Start page 49
End page 60
Total pages 12
Place of publication New York, United States
Publisher Elsevier
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract Systematic monitoring of individual therapy progress, coupled with feedback to the therapist, reliably enhances therapy outcome by alerting therapists to individual clients who are off track to benefit by the end of therapy. The current paper reviews the possibility of using similar systematic monitoring and feedback of therapy progress as a means to enhance couple therapy outcome, including what measures of therapy progress are most likely to be useful, how to structure feedback to be most useful to therapists, and the likely mediators of the effects of therapy progress feedback. One implicit assumption of therapy progress feedback is that clients unlikely to benefit from therapy can be detected early enough in the course of therapy for corrective action to be taken. As a test of this assumption, midtherapy progress was examined as a predictor of final couple therapy outcome in a sample of 134 distressed couples. Either a brief 7- or 32-item assessment of couple therapy progress at midtherapy detected a substantial proportion (46%) of couples who failed to benefit by the end of therapy. Given that failure to benefit from couple therapy is somewhat predictable across the course of therapy, future research should test whether systematic monitoring and feedback of progress could enhance therapy outcome.
Keyword Couple therapy
Marital therapy
Progress monitoring
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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