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on 2 November 1998
This book would lend itself well to a research oriented graduate course on clinical psychology and treatment. It is also an excellent resource for writing lectures. Practicing clinicians should find it invaluable. It is concise and synthesizes an extensive body of research well (with appropriate and useful references). Selling points include specifics on clinical description, prevalence, co-morbidity, and history for each disorder covered. Reviews (and summaries) of treatment efficacy are excellent. -W. Born
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on 7 January 1999
The book by Roth and Fonagy is a comprehensive and balanced summary of research on psychotherapy. Principly it covers outcome studies and is organised according to DSMIV diagnostic groups. It also covers a bit of process research, particularly the research on therapeutic alliance. There is much to recomnd the book: it is accurate, comprehensive, well written and balanced. It also offeres excellent summaries and impications ections at the end of each chapter. I don't know of a better summary of psychotherapy outcome research.
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on 21 November 2010
This is a useful book to have for researchers and is on the reading list for some courses. My issue with it is that it is heavily weighted in favour of specific forms of evidence, such as RCTs (Randomised Controlled Trials). If that is the evidence that you want, then there is plenty of it from many different studies. I don't feel that enough has been done to put the use of RCTs into context by a comparison with the use of outcome measures or a caveat about cases where the the evidence-based approach can present a misleading picture. If you buy it, then I suggst you balance it with something like the following: Essential Research Findings in Counselling and Psychotherapy: The Facts are Friendly,Critical Thinking in Counselling and Psychotherapy or The Heart and Soul of Change: What Works in Therapy
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on 16 May 2016
I am not enjoying reading this text book. I have put it aside for the time being so will not be able to comment. I was sold a library copy which is not impressive......
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