Perceived barriers to psychological treatments and their relationship to depression

David C. Mohr, Joyce Ho, Jenna Duffecy, Kelly G. Baron, Kenneth A. Lehman, Ling Jin, Douglas Reifler

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In spite of repeated calls for research and interventions to overcome individual and systemic barriers to psychological treatments, little is known about the nature of these barriers. To develop a measure of perceived barriers to psychological treatment (PBPT), items derived from 260 participants were administered to 658 primary care patients. Exploratory factor analysis on half the sample resulted in 8 factors, which were supported by confirmatory factor analysis conducted on the other half. Associations generally supported the criterion validity of PBPT scales, with self-reported concurrent use of psychotherapy and psychotherapy attendance in the year after PBPT administration. Depression was associated with greater endorsement of barriers. These findings suggest that the PBPT may be useful in assessing perceived barriers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)394-409
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Clinical Psychology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2010


  • Access to care
  • Barriers
  • Primary care
  • Psychotherapy
  • Referral

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology


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