Student Mental Health

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What is "good" treatment? 
It is clear that research models of therapy do not tend to represent real life situations. Research models also have inherent limitations to assess certain aspects of therapy and will tend to favour some models of therapy over others. In most research, subjects know that they are entering  a study, and often know that they will be randomly assigned to a therapy modality. They also usually know that the therapy will be time limited and that they will not be able to continue with the assigned therapist if they need further help. These aspects will naturally decrease the sense of trust and personal investment that the subjects have in the therapist. Therapies that depend more on working through issues through the relationship with the therapist will be at an immediate disadvantage in research with these constraints.  Therapies that focus more on psychological tools that subjects could use, will have an advantage in outcome research. Some therapies focus more on underlying issues and emotional experience, while others focus on symptom control. As outcome is often measured in terms of symptoms, therapies that focus on symptom control should tend to show better results.
In any kind of research, the more frequently a subject fills out a survey, the more the results will tend to drift towards the mean. This means that therapies that tend to use symptom report as a modality, should tend to show better results.
Some therapies enourage exploration and expression of intense feelinngs, while others encourage reporting of decreased symptoms. Therapies that give positive feedback when subjects report lower symptoms should show better results on symptom report scales than therapies that encourage expression.
 
One could construct, based on these issues, the ideal research psychotherapy model. This therapy would:
 
                                                           
 
 
 
 
 

Limitations of psychotherapy research

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