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Homework Compliance Strategies

Homework assignment is considered to be a pivotal component of certain types of psychological treatments, such as behavioral and cognitive behavioral therapies. Within these types of psychotherapies, therapists assign activities to be conducted between sessions that are tailored to the client’s specific problem and have beneficial therapeutic effect if complied. Numerous studies have shown that homework compliance leads to better treatment outcomes.

This entry is structured in four parts. The first section explains why homework is an important component of treatment. The second and third sections review strategies that have been shown to enhance compliance to homework in clinical settings in general as well as correctional psychotherapy more specifically. The final section explains how incentives could be used as an effective strategy to increase compliance to ...

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