Dropout prediction in cognitive behavior therapy for panic disorder
SourceBehavior Therapy, 32, 4, (2001), pp. 739-749
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SW OZ BSI KLP
SubjectExperimental Psychopathology and Treatment
The aim of this study was to attempt to identify reliable factors associated with dropout risk in a sample of 161 panic disorder patients treated with manualized cognitive behavior therapy. Four possible predictors of dropout were selected from the literature: level of education, treatment motivation, personality psychopathology, and initial symptom severity. Thirty-two patients (19.9%) were dropouts. Level of education and motivation were significantly associated with dropout, but the associations were small. Personality psychopathology and initial symptom severity were not associated with dropout. It is concluded that, at present, we are unable to make precise dropout risk predictions, even in a homogeneous group of patients treated using standardized treatment.
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