A Preliminary Probe of Personality Predicting Psychotherapy Outcomes: Perspectives from Therapists and Their Clients

Sampling and Methods: The present paper examined how dimensional traits from the Five-Factor Model predicted outcomes in a case series of 54 therapist-client dyads within a doctoral training clinic

Douglas B. Samuel; Meredith A. Bucher; Takakuni Suzuki

2018

Scholarcy highlights

  • It is widely established that personality disorder has as broad negative impact on psychotherapy outcomes
  • Given the increased emphasis on dimensional traits for personality pathology in the DSM-5 and the proposal for the ICD-11, it is important to understand how traits are linked to treatment outcomes
  • Much of the past research has relied upon self-reports of personality and little is known about how ratings from therapists might be related to outcomes
  • Sampling and Methods: The present paper examined how dimensional traits from the Five-Factor Model predicted outcomes in a case series of 54 therapist-client dyads within a doctoral training clinic
  • Preliminary evidence suggests that therapist-rated conscientiousness at intake was positively related to clients’ early engagement in therapy
  • Broadly, these results provided preliminary information about the promise of dimensional models for improving the clinical utility of personality disorder diagnoses
  • These results reinforced the relevance of personality assessment during therapy and indicated the potential predictive value of ratings by therapists and their clients

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