Therapist variables that predict symptom change in psychotherapy with chronically depressed outpatients

Carina Vocisano, Bruce Arnow, Janice A. Blalock, Dina Vivian, Rachel Manber, A. John Rush, James P. McCullough, Susan G. Kornstein, Daniel N. Klein, Caridad Rivera, Barbara Rothbaum, John C. Markowitz, James H. Kocsis, Louis Castonguay, Frances E. Borian, Lawrence P. Riso, Michael E. Thase

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Abstract

The present study examines the contribution of psychotherapist variables to change in depressive symptoms in a large clinical trial comparing the efficacy of the cognitive-behavioral analysis system of psychotherapy, the antidepressant nefazodone, and the combination of both in the treatment of chronic depression. Greater change on the Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression (HRSD) was associated with greater emphasis on the therapeutic relationship, lower overall psychotherapy caseload, therapist psychodynamic orientation, and supervisory status. There was no relationship between HRSD change and therapist sex, age, or years of experience.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)255-265
Number of pages11
JournalPsychotherapy
Volume41
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2004

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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    Vocisano, C., Arnow, B., Blalock, J. A., Vivian, D., Manber, R., Rush, A. J., McCullough, J. P., Kornstein, S. G., Klein, D. N., Rivera, C., Rothbaum, B., Markowitz, J. C., Kocsis, J. H., Castonguay, L., Borian, F. E., Riso, L. P., & Thase, M. E. (2004). Therapist variables that predict symptom change in psychotherapy with chronically depressed outpatients. Psychotherapy, 41(3), 255-265. https://doi.org/10.1037/0033-3204.41.3.255