3. Does Case Formulation Make a Difference to Treatment Outcome?

  1. Peter Sturmey2 and
  2. Mary McMurran3
  1. Ata Ghaderi

Published Online: 24 AUG 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781119977018.ch3

Forensic Case Formulation

Forensic Case Formulation

How to Cite

Ghaderi, A. (2011) Does Case Formulation Make a Difference to Treatment Outcome?, in Forensic Case Formulation (eds P. Sturmey and M. McMurran), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781119977018.ch3

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Queens College and City University, New York, USA

  2. 3

    Institute of Mental Health, University of Nottingham, UK

Author Information

  1. Department of Psychology, Uppsala University, Sweden

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 24 AUG 2011
  2. Published Print: 2 SEP 2011

Book Series:

Book Series Editors:

  1. Clive R. Hollin4 and
  2. Mary McMurran3

Series Editor Information

  1. 3

    Institute of Mental Health, University of Nottingham, UK

  2. 4

    School of Psychology, University of Leicester, UK

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470683958

Online ISBN: 9781119977018



  • case formulation (CF) - whether making a difference to treatment outcome;
  • case formulation, key skill for clinicians - from clinical disciplines;
  • approaches to CF - and emotions-focused therapy, and interpersonal psychotherapy;
  • behavioral, cognitive and cognitive-behavioral case formulation - and CF in dialectic behavior therapy;
  • CF tool, organizing information about variables - person's emotional, cognitive, behavioral, interpersonal problems;
  • CF, subject to constant modification - information from observations, tests and experiments;
  • effect of social skills training (SS) and cognitive treatment (COG) - in multiple baseline design, and Lubin Depression Adjective Checklist;
  • case formulation and treatment of psychosis;
  • CF, in terms of ideographic functional analysis - or chain analysis, with good outcome;
  • individualization, being the answer - efficacy of manual-based treatments, research needed


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Case Formulation: Not a Single Approach

  • Difficulties and Barriers in Research on Case Formulation

  • Research on Case Formulation: Empirical Findings

  • Conclusions from Empirical Research and Implications for Practice

  • Future Research

  • References