Journal article

The influence of baseline symptoms and insight on the therapeutic alliance early in the treatment of schizophrenia

Andreas Wittorf, Ute Jakobi, Andreas Bechdolf, Bemhard Mueller, Gudrun Sartory, Michael Wagner, Georg Wiedemann, Wolfgang Woelwer, Jutta Herrlich, Gerhard Buchkremer, Stefan Klingberg

EUROPEAN PSYCHIATRY | ELSEVIER FRANCE-EDITIONS SCIENTIFIQUES MEDICALES ELSEVIER | Published : 2009

Abstract

BACKGROUND: The consistent association between therapeutic alliance and outcome underlines the importance of identifying factors which predict the development of a positive alliance. However, only few studies have examined the association between pretreatment characteristics and alliance formation in patients with schizophrenia. OBJECTIVE: The study examined whether symptoms and insight would predict the therapeutic alliance in psychotherapy of schizophrenia. Further, the associations and differences between patient and therapist alliance ratings were studied. METHODS: Eighty patients with schizophrenia spectrum disorders received manual-based psychotherapy. Assessment of symptoms and insigh..

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