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Title: Pre-therapy process and outcome: A review of research instruments and findings
Authors: Dekeyser, Mathias ×
Prouty, Garry
Elliott, Robert #
Issue Date: 2008
Series Title: Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapies vol:7 issue:1 pages:37-55
Abstract: Pre-Therapy aims at stimulating psychological contact in persons suffering psychosis. We offer a
review of Pre-Therapy research instruments and findings. The Pre-Therapy Rating Scale (PTRS, Prouty,
1994) and the Evaluation Criterion for the Pre-Therapy Interview (ECPI, Dinacci, 1997) have been the
two most frequently used instruments for the assessment of psychological contact. PTRS scores seem
more reliable than ECPI scores, but all manuals need revision. Particular attention is needed for the
rating of nonverbal behavior. A preliminary evaluation of the structure of the PTRS indicates that it is
two-dimensional rather than three-dimensional. The PTRS and the ECPI can be regarded as measures
of communicative contact but also as measures of the meaningfulness of communication. Preliminary
outcome studies suggest that pre-post and comparative effect sizes of Pre-Therapy are large for
communicative contact, but the number of participants in these studies is generally low, as is the number
of systematic case studies.
ISSN: 1477-9757
VABB publication type: VABB-1
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Research Group on Psychotherapy and Psychodynamic psychology (-)
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