PREDICTORS AND CONSEQUENCES OF EARLY GAINS IN CHILD PSYCHOTHERAPY

Taya Cromley, John V. Lavigne*

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Abstract

This study examined the predictors and consequences of early gains among children (n = 130) receiving psychotherapeutic treatment as usual for a variety of disorders. Classification tree analysis showed that not receiving Medicaid, plus receiving a medication consult, were associated with any early gain (i.e., reliable change on one or more clinical scales, with the early gain either remaining in the clinical range or moving to a subclinical level) within the first eight treatment sessions, but only Medicaid status predicted subclinical gains. Overall, patients showing a subclinical early gain showed better long-term improvement in treatment than those with no subclinical gain; patterns of change for those with and without any early gain were similar but with smaller differences between groups.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)42-60
Number of pages19
JournalPsychotherapy
Volume45
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2008

Keywords

  • child psychotherapy
  • early gains
  • treatment as usual

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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