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Int J Addict. 1985 Aug;20(8):1135-41.

General and specific psychotherapy role induction with substance-abusing clients.


The present study examined the effects of general and specific psychotherapy role induction on return rates and attendance in psychotherapy for substance-abusing clients. The subjects were 111 of 129 consecutive applicants to a community outpatient drug treatment center. Following a standard intake interview, clients received either a general psychotherapy role induction or a drug treatment specific role induction, or were placed in one of two control conditions. Results indicated that clients who received role induction procedures were more likely than controls to return after the intake interview. Furthermore, clients who received the drug treatment specific role induction returned at a significantly higher rate than all other clients. Analysis of attendance rates after 3 months showed that role induction had no effect on continuation in treatment.

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