Pre-treatment CBT-mindedness predicts CBT outcome

Lauren F. McLellan, Lexine A. Stapinski, Lorna Peters

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While CBT is considered efficacious for a range of mental health conditions, identifying pre-treatment predictors of differential response to CBT is an important direction for research. This study investigated whether pre-treatment attitudes aligned with cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) (termed CBT-mindedness) predicts CBT outcome within a clinical sample of adults diagnosed with social phobia (N = 50). Pre-treatment CBT-mindedness, measured by the CBT Suitability Scale, was found to predict treatment outcome immediately and 3 months following treatment. Higher CBT-mindedness was associated with lower clinician-rated diagnostic severity and client self-reported social anxiety symptoms following CBT. CBT-mindedness predicted self-reported, but not clinician-reported severity, even when controlling for existing client-factors that predict outcome (expectancy for symptom change and treatment credibility). However, CBT-mindedness was not associated with therapy session attendance. Results suggest that pre-treatment CBT-mindedness is a promising predictor of CBT outcome. Clinical implications for this predictor of CBT response are discussed.
LanguageEnglish
Pages303–311
Number of pages9
JournalCognitive Therapy and Research
Volume43
Issue number2
Early online date15 Nov 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2019

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Pre-treatment CBT-mindedness predicts CBT outcome. / McLellan, Lauren F.; Stapinski, Lexine A.; Peters, Lorna.

In: Cognitive Therapy and Research, Vol. 43, No. 2, 04.2019, p. 303–311.

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