Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Marriage family therapist's attitudes toward evidence based treatments and readiness for change
by Dutch, Marc S., M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2014, 87; 1527921
Abstract (Summary)

As the major implementation of the affordable Care Act of 2010 becomes reality in 2014, demands placed on mental health providers to utilize evidence-based treatments (EBTs) with clients has become a more relevant issue for practitioners. Little is known about the factors that affect Marriage and Family Therapists (MFTs) from implementing EBTs. To fill the gap in understanding these therapists' attitudes toward effective change and implementation of EBTs is the goal of the study. MFT attitudes toward adopting EBTs and their readiness for change in their treatment practices are examined. Participants were 137 Licensed MFTs providing mental health services in the state of California. T-tests, correlation analyses and multiple regressions, illustrated that gender, education, previous study of EBTs, and utilization of previous training were associated with more positive attitudes toward adoption of EBT. Mental health organizations and policy makers may benefit from consideration of how an MFT's training is associated with their attitude toward change in practice.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Ratanasiripong, Paul
Commitee: Kim, Simon, Liu, Lui
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Advanced Studies in Education and Counseling
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 53/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Mental health, Counseling Psychology, Individual & family studies
Keywords: California, Evidence-based treatments, Marriage family therapists, Readiness for change
Publication Number: 1527921
ISBN: 978-1-303-98445-7
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