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A structured approach to goal formulation in psychotherapy: Differences between patients and controls
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Psychology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1508-9621
Stockholm University, Sweden .
Stockholm University, Sweden .
2015 (English)In: International Journal of Psychology & Psychological Therapy / Revista Internacional de Psicologia y Terapia Psicologica, ISSN 1577-7057, E-ISSN 2340-2857, Vol. 15, no 2, 181-190 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Therapeutic goals are considered a vital component in psychological treatments, but to date relatively little attention has been paid to the assessment and evaluation of these goals. In order to validate a self-rating version of the Bern Inventory of Therapeutic goals checklist (BIT-C), the present study investigated if goals, measured this way, can differentiate between patients (n= 147) and healthy controls (n= 106). Results suggested that BIT-C was successful in discriminating between client and non-clients. Most importantly, clients had a higher tendency to endorse goal categories related to depressive symptoms, substance abuse, coping with somatic problems and current relationships, but a lower tendency to endorse goal categories relating to eating behaviors compared to non-patients. Further, patients perceived attainment of prioritized goals as more distant than non-patients did. The results were discussed in terms of BIT-C being a measure that can be readily applied to identify key targets in psychological treatments. © 2015 AAC.

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2015. Vol. 15, no 2, 181-190 p.
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Assessment, BIT-C, Discriminatory ability, Treatment goals
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-25804Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84930349925OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-25804DiVA: diva2:856337
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Export Date: 28 August 2015

Available from: 2015-09-23 Created: 2015-08-28 Last updated: 2016-06-07Bibliographically approved

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