Publication Date


Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

James Craig, Elsie Dotson, John O'Connor

Degree Program

Department of Psychology

Degree Type

Master of Arts


The purpose of this study was to determine if prediction of premature termination of psychotherapy through the use of the Barrett-Lennard Inventory. The Study was conducted at health center and involved the clients could be attained Relationship a community mental of five therapists. The Relationship Inventory which assesses the relationship between client and therapist was mailed to clients who had terminated therapy against the advice of their therapists, and to clients who were still in therapy. The clients were asked to fill out the questionnaire anonymously, and send it back to the Center. Demographic data, such as age, sex, marital status, primary diagnosis, educational level, income, and number of individual sessions attended was collected from the client's records at the Center.

The results of this study indicated that prediction of premature termination of psychotherapy was possible with these five therapists although the predictor variables were different for each therapist. Demographic variables appeared to be more predictive than the Relationship Inventory. The results point out the therapist differences in retaining clients and the potential usefulness of these results in the assignment of therapy cases and in the planning of inservice training.


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