Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Evaluating the Effectiveness of Teaching Evidence-Based Common Elements
by Barlaan, Devin, M.S., Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, 2017, 43; 10276614
Abstract (Summary)

The field of psychology has made large strides in evaluating and disseminating evidence-based treatments (EBTs), as well as refuting harmful pseudoscientific treatments, for various childhood mental health disorders. EBTs that meet the gold standard of a well-established treatment provide supportive evidence of treatment effectiveness. However, there are notable limitations to these criteria, particularly in regards to manualization and feasibility. A solution is to use a common elements approach to service delivery, such that the fundamental skills or practices within treatment programs can be used to effectively target treatment goals. As this approach is evolving in the field, it is imperative that future clinicians and researchers are versed in understanding evidence-based common elements (EBCEs) and unsupported elements. The current study examines the impact of teaching undergraduate students EBCEs and uncommon elements across three randomly assigned conditions. Results indicated that students who learned about EBCEs rated EBCEs more effectively post manipulation and students who learned about uncommon elements rated uncommon elements less effectively post manipulation. The results are consistent with previous findings and underscore the importance of educating students on effective and ineffective treatments (Jones-Soto, 2015, unpublished; Hupp et al., 2013). Implications and future directions are discussed.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Hupp, Stephen
Commitee: Jewell, Jeremy, McKenney, Elizabeth
School: Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
Department: Psychology
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: MAI 56/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Clinical psychology
Keywords: Common elements, Evidence-based treatments, Teaching
Publication Number: 10276614
ISBN: 978-0-355-05157-5
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