The psychotherapy research project of the Menninger Foundation: an overview at the midway point
The Psychotherapy Research Project of The Menninger Foundation has been in operation according to its present design since January 1954. For several years prior to that, the original founding group of clinicians had talked over plans and goals and had evolved some specific instruments (for example, a Health-Sickness Rating Scale) for studying psychotherapeutic processes and outcomes. In 1954 came the rapid expansion of time allocations, of financial support, and of participating personnel, and the concomitant development of the present comprehensive project design. The number of active research participants grew to between 15 and 20; individual time allocations ranged from six hours weekly to full time; the budget (and the grant support) grew to the very substantial levels necessary to maintain such an enterprise.
KeywordsPaired Comparison Active Research Participant Patient Variable Situational Variable Individual Prediction
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