Working alliance as a predictor of change in depression during blended cognitive behaviour therapy

Vernmark, Kristofer; Hesser, Hugo; Topooco, Naira; Berger, Thomas; Riper, Heleen; Luuk, Liisa; Backlund, Lisa; Carlbring, Per; Andersson, Gerhard (2018). Working alliance as a predictor of change in depression during blended cognitive behaviour therapy. Cognitive behaviour therapy, 48(4), pp. 285-299. Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group 10.1080/16506073.2018.1533577

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Blended Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (bCBT) is a new form of treatment, mixing internet-based modules and face-to-face therapist sessions. How participants rate the therapeutic alliance in bCBT has not yet been thoroughly explored, and neither is it clear whether therapist- and patient-rated alliances are predictors of change in depression during treatment. Depression and alliance ratings from 73 participants in a treatment study on bCBT (part of the E-COMPARED project) were analysed using growth curve models. Alliance, as rated by both patients and therapists, was high. The therapist-rated working alliance was predictive of subsequent changes in depression scores during treatment, whereas the patient-rated alliance was not. A therapeutic alliance can be established in bCBT. The role of the therapist-rated alliance seems to be of particular importance and should be carefully considered when collecting data in future studies on bCBT.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy

UniBE Contributor:

Berger, Thomas

Subjects:

100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology
600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health
700 Arts > 790 Sports, games & entertainment

ISSN:

1650-6073

Publisher:

Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group

Language:

English

Submitter:

Melanie Best

Date Deposited:

02 Nov 2018 15:57

Last Modified:

30 Mar 2020 14:34

Publisher DOI:

10.1080/16506073.2018.1533577

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.120834

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/120834

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