Re: Info on efficacy of psychotherapy

Tony Downing (
Mon, 10 May 1999 13:05:35 +0100

When I wrote my recent message to PCP about Seligman's article on assessing
the efficacy of psychotherapy by a consumer survey, I didn't have the
reference handy. Bob Green has emailed me asking for the URL. I'm sending a
reply to the list becuase other people may well be glad of the info. The
URL is:

I've just checked that this URL is still valid, which it is, and in doing
so I have been reminded (by seeing the paper again) that it was initially
published in:
American Psychologist, Vol. 50, No. 12, 965-974, December 1995

Thus the paper will initially have appeared on the APA web-site because the
APA puts full text of this journal on the web. I don't know whether the
fact that in 1999 it is still on the web-site (even though I can't find a
clickable route to it working from their home page) implies any APA
endorsement of it or merely laudable web-management inertia. It my have
been slightly misleading of me to imply, in my original message that the
article being on the APA web-site amounted to any specific of the approach
by the APA.

It's a good article, anyway.

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

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