Re: Info on efficacy of psychotherapy

Tony Downing (
Mon, 10 May 1999 11:06:45 +0100

Re Barry Pope's cry for help about evidence of the efficacy of psychotherapy:

There's an interesting and surprising article on this topic by Martin
Seligman which is on display on the web-site of the American Psychological
Association. Seligman essentially reviews and recommends a study which is
not the usually idealised double-blind placebo-controlled clinical trial,
which would be great if only it could be done without vitiating the
therapy. Instead, he recommends a very well-done example of the
consumer-survey approach.

The study itself is a very intresting approach - and, at another level,
it's most interesting to see Seligman recommending it, and interesting to
see the APA endorsing the recommendation.

Tony Downing, M.A., Ph.D.
Lecturer, Dept. of Psychology,
University of Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RU,

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