Advances and New Directions

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CHAPTER 30

THE EFFICACY OF
INDIVIDUAL PSYCHOTHERAPY:
A PERSPECTIVE AND REVIEW
EMPHASIZING CONTROLLED
OUTCOME STUDIES *

Douglas W. Heinrichs

William T. Carpenter, Jr.


¶ Introduction

FOR three decades the great debate concerning the value of psychotherapy has achieved no clear consensus. Recently, this debate has moved from the arena of

scholarly interest to that of public attention, becoming a matter of major practical importance to all the mental health professions. While a great deal of professional time and interest is devoted to individual psychotherapy, an ever broadening range of efficacious pharmacologic treatments now provides the clinician with alternatives to traditional psychotherapy in treating many psychopathologic states. A crucial sociopolitical factor is now relevant. With the growing reliance on third-party financing of health care and

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Dr. Morris Parloff, chief, Psychiatry and Behavioral Intervention Section, Clinical Research Branch, National Institute of Mental Health, was generous in making available unpublished material, critically reviewing an earlier draft of this manuscript, and offering sugges-tions to the authors.

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