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Measuring Psychological Treatment Effectiveness

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How does the evaluation of treatment effectiveness in clinical psychology differ from the evaluation of treatment effectiveness in physical medicine?

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1. Which of the following provides an example of regression to the mean as the term is used in psychology?

2. Thomas has been using a new therapy with his depressed patients and is excited that so many of them feel it has really helped. Though he realizes there have been several patients he hasn't heard from in a while who also tried the new therapy. He wonders if that means they didn't find it helpful. Thomas' initial impression from the patients who were helped by the therapy is an example of _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet combo will test your knowledge of the effectiveness of psychological treatments and further your understanding on how and why this effectiveness is measured. The quiz will ask you questions about the difference in evaluating success of treatment in clinical psychology from physical medicine.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet will test you on the following:

  • Regression to the mean
  • The best treatment for obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Characteristics of therapists with the highest rates of success

Skills Practiced

These assessments allow students to use the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson about psychological treatments and their effectiveness
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding regression and interpret it correctly
  • Distinguishing differences - differentiate between evaluating treatment effectiveness in physical medicine and clinical psychology
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the term used for when a therapist overestimates effectiveness due to hearing mainly from those patients who are doing well

Additional Learning

To learn more about the effectiveness of psychological treatments, review the accompanying lesson, Treatment Effectiveness. The lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Identify the three main methods of measuring effectiveness of treatment
  • Learn the best treatment for specific phobias
  • Understand reasons why someone might see a clinical psychologist
  • Analyze how the characteristics of a patient and therapist can affect recovery
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