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Outcome Research

Outcome research is defined as the investigation of the effectiveness of a psychotherapy model. The main questions examined by outcome researchers include whether psychotherapy creates a change in people’s lives, whether there are differences among the therapy models with regard to their effectiveness, which factors lead to a change, and how the change occurs in psychotherapy. Outcome research findings can directly influence the improvements in clinical practice, education, supervision, and training areas of marriage, family, and couples counseling. Various researchers point out that despite the tendency for those with degrees in mental health to define themselves as researchers or clinicians, outcome research is important to both. Whether one is a researcher or client, outcome research helps the field become more informed about the effectiveness of ...

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