Short- and Long-Term Treatment Study

Principal Investigator: Dr. Jonathon Rabinowitz (formerly JBFCS)
Consultant: Irving Lukoff, PhD (CUSSW)

This investigation was an exploratory study of some characteristics of clients, workers and problem areas that influence the decision-making of clinicians at JBFCS.  The design consisted of a series of vignettes with three different descriptions.  For each symptom configuration clients were differentiated by age, sex, and ethnicity.  The three symptom pictures that were chosen reflect commonly noted ones in outpatient therapy, closely modeled to reflect DSM-III descriptions: Adjustment Disorder, Dysthymic Disorder, and Borderline Personality Disorder.  Additional information was also obtained in the clinician's training, years since graduation, tenure at JBFCS, job-title and demographics.  There was substantial agreement on when it was appropriate to use planned short-term therapy (PST; defined as up to 12 sessions) or to prefer long-term therapy (LT).

The study was described in the 1990 issue of Practice & Research.