The effectiveness of self-administered treatments: A practice-friendly review of the research
Article first published online: 27 JAN 2003
Copyright © 2003 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Journal of Clinical Psychology
Volume 59, Issue 2, pages 237–246, February 2003
How to Cite
Mains, J. A. and Scogin, F. R. (2003), The effectiveness of self-administered treatments: A practice-friendly review of the research. J. Clin. Psychol., 59: 237–246. doi: 10.1002/jclp.10145
- Issue published online: 27 JAN 2003
- Article first published online: 27 JAN 2003
Self-administered treatments are a cost-effective way to treat a broad spectrum of people. This article focuses on the existing research of self-administered treatments and their effectiveness when integrated with ongoing practice or when implemented alone. Evidence for their effectiveness is mixed; self-help has been proven successful in the treatment of depression, mild alcohol abuse, and anxiety disorders. It has proven less successful for smoking cessation and moderate to severe alcohol abuse. When determining whether self-administered treatment is appropriate, individual characteristics and attitude as well as the nature and severity of the problem should be taken into consideration. In addition, because many self-help treatments have not been evaluated, caution should be exercised when implementing self-administered treatment, and progress should be carefully monitored. © 2003 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Clin Psychol/In Session 59: 237–246, 2003.