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Matchmaking in psychotherapy: patient-therapist dimensions and their impact on outcome.
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PMID:  2335635     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Patient-therapist matching was investigated using recent theoretical and methodological developments to overcome some of the limitations that have hindered similar past efforts. Two hypotheses were tested: (a) Therapeutic outcome is affected by the interaction between patients' and therapists' self-concepts, and (b) increasing anticomplementarity between therapist self-concept and therapists' perceptions of patients' behavior is negatively associated with patient improvement. Data from the first 2 cohorts of the Vanderbilt II Psychotherapy Project were analyzed. They included the therapies of 16 experienced therapists, who saw a total of 48 patients (38 women and 10 men) in time-limited psychotherapy. Patients' ages ranged from 24 to 64 years (M age = 40). Outcome was measured from the perspective of the patient, therapist, and evaluating clinician. Each hypothesis was supported, but not across all 3 outcome perspectives.
P F Talley; H H Strupp; L C Morey
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of consulting and clinical psychology     Volume:  58     ISSN:  0022-006X     ISO Abbreviation:  J Consult Clin Psychol     Publication Date:  1990 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1990-06-14     Completed Date:  1990-06-14     Revised Date:  2009-11-11    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0136553     Medline TA:  J Consult Clin Psychol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  182-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Psychology Department, College of Arts and Sciences, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee 37240.
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MeSH Terms
Adaptation, Psychological
Middle Aged
Personality Tests
Professional-Patient Relations*
Psychoanalytic Therapy / methods*
Self Concept*

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