Psychotherapy, Efficacy of
Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
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Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology
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McGinn, L. K., Sanderson, W. C. and Steinberg, J. 2010. Psychotherapy, Efficacy of. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–7.
- Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
Two methods have been utilized to conduct scientific evaluations of psychotherapy. Efficacy and effectiveness research are both important and provide distinct information about how psychotherapy works. Although both methods are used, to date efficacy studies have dominated the field. As a result, most of what we know about how well psychotherapy works comes from efficacy rather than effectiveness research.