t encourages couples to honestly evaluate their progress and enables therapists to adjust therapy before it's too late." Although feedback has been demonstrated to improve individual psychotherapy outcomes, no studies until now have examined couples therapy.
Participants were contacted 6 months after the last therapy session. Respondents answered questions about their experience in treatment, including whether the couple remained together. The feedback couples were not only more satisfied with their relationships but also reported significantly lower rates of separation or divorce: a 18.4 percent separation/divorce rate for ORS couples versus 34.2 percent for non-ORS couples.
This study adds to growing evidence that ongoing client feedback in psychotherapy can significantly improve outcomes.
For more information on the ORS, see www.myoutcomes.com and www.talkingcure.com.
Co-authors on the study were Morten G. Anker, Ph.D., the Family Counseling Office in Vestfold, Norway; Barry L. Duncan, Psy.D., the Heart and Soul of Change Project; and Jacqueline A. Sparks, Ph.D., the University of Rhode Island.
Worldwide, there are more than 20,000 registered users of the Outcome Rating Scale. The ORS is available in a variety of formats, including MyOutcomes, a Web-based software application that provides quick and easy administration and interpretation of the ORS.
CONTACT: Melissa Jackson, +1-240-645-1066, email@example.com, for MyOutcomes, LLC
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