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Carol Osborne

Doctor of Clinical Psychology
Study Completed: 2010
College of Humanities & Social Sciences


Thesis Title
The role of alliance and symptomatic change within cognitive behaviour therapy for depression

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Ms Osborne investigated the role of therapeutic alliance processes and symptomatic change within cognitive-behaviour therapy for depression to advance the understanding of how the sequential relationship between these two critical dimensions of therapy contributes to enhancing treatment outcome. Her research provided evidence that a strong early alliance predicted a positive outcome and may be needed to prevent premature termination of therapy. Furthermore, there was evidence that a strong alliance contributed to a decrease in depression severity which subsequently increased the alliance. 

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