Effects of prognostic information on global ratings of psychotherapy outcome

Academic Article


  • 30 graduate students in clinical psychology (raters) viewed a videotape recording of an interview with a patient after having read 1 of 3 types of posttherapy information about the patient. One group of raters was presented information associated with a good prognosis, one group was presented information associated with a poor prognosis, and the last group received neutral information about the patient. Half of the members of each group were told that the interview was made at the termination of therapy, the other half were told that it was a 1-yr follow-up interview. All raters then completed scales regarding patient's level of adjustment, psychic distress, amount of change, and success of patient's therapy. Only ratings of pre- to posttherapy patient change varied as a function of prognostic information. Results suggest that although poor prognosis patients are perceived as exhibiting more change than good prognosis patients, only final level of functioning determines global judgments of psychotherapy outcome. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved). © 1975 American Psychological Association.
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    Author List

  • Blackwood GL; Strupp HH; Bradley LA
  • Start Page

  • 810
  • End Page

  • 815
  • Volume

  • 43
  • Issue

  • 6