Cognitive Mediators of the Outcome of Psychotherapy with Children

  • John R. Weisz
  • Bahr Weiss
Part of the Advances in Clinical Child Psychology book series (ACCP, volume 12)


Those of us who conduct child psychotherapy would like to believe that the outcome of the process is influenced by our efforts. On the other hand, few of us would argue that the outcome is determined solely by what we the therapists do. Instead, we recognize that children and adolescents (herein referred to collectively as “children”) begin psychotherapy with a form and substance of their own and that what each youngster brings to the process will help determine its outcome. In this chapter, we focus on how cognitive aspects of the child’s makeup may mediate the outcome of psychotherapy.


Cognitive Capacity Causal Attribution Cognitive Level Control Belief Dental Anxiety 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • John R. Weisz
    • 1
  • Bahr Weiss
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of North CarolinaChapel HillUSA
  2. 2.Department of Psychology and Human DevelopmentVanderbilt UniversityNashvilleUSA

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