The interpersonal process of cognitive-behavioral therapy: An examination of complementarity over the course of treatment

Terence J.G. Tracey, Joann M. Albright, Patrick Sherry

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Abstract

Data from 20 clients seeing 4 experienced therapists conducting time- limited, cognitive-behavioral therapy in a university counseling center were examined with respect to the pattern of complementarity and its relation to outcome. The Interpersonal Communication Rating Scale-Revised (S. R. Strong, H. Hills, and B. Nelson, 1988) was used to determine levels of complementarity. Results of growth curve analyses support the covariation of the U-shaped pattern of complementarity with outcome. More successful dyads demonstrated a pattern of initial high levels of complementarity, decreasing levels in the middle of treatment, and then increasing levels at the end, but not as high as at the beginning. Less successful dyads did not demonstrate this pattern.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)80-91
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of counseling psychology
Volume46
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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