EARLY WITHDRAWAL FROM MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT: IMPLICATIONS FOR PSYCHOTHERAPY PRACTICE

Marna S. Barrett*, Wee Jhong Chua, Paul Crits-Christoph, Mary Beth Gibbons, Don Thompson

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Despite more than 50 years of research on client attrition from therapy, obstacles to the delivery and success of treatments remain poorly understood, and effective methods to engage and retain clients in therapy are lacking. This article offers a review of the literature on attrition, highlighting the methodological challenges in effectively addressing the complex nature of this problem. Current interventions for reducing attrition are reviewed, and recommendations for implementing these interventions into psychotherapy practice are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)247-267
Number of pages21
JournalPsychotherapy
Volume45
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2008

Keywords

  • community mental health
  • dropout
  • psychotherapy
  • review

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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