Adherence and Psychotherapy

  • Jennifer L. StraussEmail author
  • Vito S. Guerra
  • Christine E. Marx
  • A. Meade Eggleston
  • Patrick S. Calhoun


Psychotherapists target a wide range of clinical disorders, adopt diverse theoretical approaches, and operate within multiple treatment settings. As such, a unifying definition of adherence in the field of psychotherapy is not yet tenable. We therefore limit the scope of this chapter to an examination of adherence in the context of individual outpatient psychotherapy delivered to adult populations, with particular attention paid to evidence-based, cognitive-behavioral treatments. In this context, issues of adherence may be broadly summarized into two categories. The first, premature termination, has relevance across the full range of theoretical approaches. The second, failure to complete between-session tasks and exercises, is more specific to cognitive-behavioral interventions.


Personality Disorder Bulimia Nervosa Cognitive Therapy Task Completion Premature Termination 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jennifer L. Strauss
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Vito S. Guerra
    • 3
  • Christine E. Marx
    • 4
  • A. Meade Eggleston
    • 5
  • Patrick S. Calhoun
    • 6
  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesDuke University Medical CenterDurhamUSA
  2. 2.Mid-Atlantic Research Educational and Clinical Center Health ScientistDurham VAMC Center for Health Services Research in Primary CareDurhamUSA
  3. 3.PsychologyDurham Veterans Affairs Medical CenterDurhamUSA
  4. 4.Biological PsychiatryDuke University Medical CenterDurhamUSA
  5. 5.Veterans Affairs Mid-Atlantic Mental Illness, Research, and Clinical CenterDurham Veterans Affairs Medical CenterDurhamUSA
  6. 6.Medical Psychology, Duke University Medical CenterDurhamUSA

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