Title

On the Use of Symbolic Labels in Psychotherapy Outcome Research: A Comment on Wills, Faitler, and Snyder

Document Type

Response or Comment

Publication Date

1988

Keywords

Behavior Therapy, Marriage Counseling, Treatment Effectiveness Evaluation

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

https://doi.org/10.1037/0022-006X.56.6.932

Abstract

Wills, Faitler, and Snyder (1987) identified distinctive therapist behaviors, trained therapists to implement these techniques, and demonstrated that trained raters could reliably categorize different behaviors. The criteria used to operationalize certain behaviors as behavioral marital therapy and others as insight-oriented marital therapy were arbitrary and are not consistent with either theoretical conceptualizations or the applied utilization of these therapeutic approaches. Future comparative psychotherapy research should avoid such labels and focus on empirical validation of the most effective therapy behaviors.

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Citation / Publisher Attribution

Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, v. 56, issue 6, p. 932-933

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