Factors that influence the prolongation of empirically supported psychological treatments.

  • Francisco Ballesteros Clínica de Psicología de la Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Grupo 5 Gestión y Rehabilitación Psicosocial
  • Paola Fernández Línea de Rehabilitación Psicosocial, Hermanas Hospitalarias
  • Francisco Javier Labrador Departamento de Psicología Clínica, Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Keywords: Treatment length, comorbidity, diagnostics, amount of techniques.

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to find out what factors can explain a longer treatment length. The results of treatments developed with 122 patients at the Clinic of Psychology of the Master of Clinical and Health Psychology were analyzed. The patients were divided into three groups, according to the number of treatment sessions received: Group 1 (20 or less); Group 2 (21-34), and Group 3 (35 or more).  Factors such as age, sex, type of diagnosis, diagnostic in axis III and IV (DSM-IV-TR) or number of therapeutic targets do not identified significant differences. The factors that explained the longer treatment length were: a) the number of applied techniques (9.7 in Group 1; 12.68 in Group 2 and 14.65 in Group 3); b), the presence of co-morbidity (69% of patients with co-morbidity were in the Group 3, versus 7.7% in the Group 1). Results are discussed and some intervention/reflection lines are proposed.

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Author Biography

Francisco Javier Labrador, Departamento de Psicología Clínica, Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Catedrático de Modificación de conductas. Universidad Completense de Madrid.
How to Cite
Ballesteros, F., Fernández, P., & Labrador, F. J. (1). Factors that influence the prolongation of empirically supported psychological treatments. Anales De Psicología / Annals of Psychology, 29(1), 94-102. https://doi.org/10.6018/analesps.29.1.139361
Section
Clinical and Health Psychology