A Structured Approach to Goal Formulation in Psychotherapy: Differences between Patients and Controls
2015 (English)In: International Journal of Psychology & Psychological Therapy / Revista Internacional de Psicologia y Terapia Psicologica, ISSN 1577-7057, Vol. 15, no 2, 181-190 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Therapeutic goals are considered a vital component in psychological treatments, but to date relatively little attention has been paid to the assessment and evaluation of these goals. In order to validate of a self-rating version of the Bern Inventory of Therapeutic goals checklist (BIT-C), the present study investigated if goals, measured this way, can differentiate between patients (n= 147) and healthy controls (n= 106). Results suggested that BIT-C was successful in discriminating between client and non-clients. Most importantly, clients had a higher tendency to endorse goal categories related to depressive symptoms, substance abuse, coping with somatic problems and current relationships, but a lower tendency to endorse goal categories relating to eating behaviors compared to non-patients. Further, patients perceived attainment of prioritized goals as more distant than non-patients did. The results were discussed in terms of BIT-C being a measure that can be readily applied to identify key targets in psychological treatments.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. Vol. 15, no 2, 181-190 p.
BIT-C, treatment goals, assessment, discriminatory ability
Research subject Psychology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-119611PubMedID: 25730627ScopusID: 2.0-84930349925OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-119611DiVA: diva2:846990