Interpersonal contribution to outcome: The relation of interpersonal distress and symptomatic improvement as a result of psychotherapy

Amanda O. Hardy, Terence Tracey, Cynthia Glidden-Tracey, Timothy R. Hess, Jessica E. Rohlfing

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The study utilized a 32-item brief measure of interpersonal problems (IIP) to examine interpersonal distress in relation to symptomology and treatment outcome as assessed by the Outcome Questionnaire-45 (OQ-45). The study included a community sample of 210 individuals receiving psychotherapy at a mental health training facility. A number of significant correlations were found between interpersonal distresses with symptomology. The highest correlations were found between levels of general interpersonal distress and symptoms relating to psychiatric and social distress at the onset of therapy; in general the IIP did not differentiate between symptomology types. The study failed to replicate previous research indicating a relation between facets of interpersonal problems with treatment outcome.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)225-233
Number of pages9
JournalClinical Psychology and Psychotherapy
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1 2011



  • Construct validity
  • Interpersonal distress
  • Inventory of interpersonal problems
  • Outcome questionnaire
  • Psychotherapy outcome

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology

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