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Aust N Z J Psychiatry. 1999 Oct;33(5):748-53.

Development of a Satisfaction with Therapy and Therapist Scale.

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School of Psychology, University of Queensland, Toowong Private Hospital, Australia.



While much work has gone into developing measures of specific factors in psychotherapy for depression, measures for non-specific factors have been lacking. This paper aims to develop a scale for a non-specific factor called 'Satisfaction with Therapy and Therapist Scale'.


Sixty-seven patients with major depression completed the questionnaires during the fourth session of cognitive therapy. The patients went through an assessment clinical interview using a SCID. They also completed the ATQ, BDI and DAS questionnaires during the fourth session.


Principal component factor analysis with varimax rotation showed that the scale possesses two factors, 'Satisfaction with Therapy' and 'Client Evaluation of Therapist', accounting for 64.7% of the total variance. The alpha Cronbach for the two factors is 0.91 and 0.80 with the total scale alpha at 0.90. The scale also possesses good concurrent and discriminant validity.


The Satisfaction with Therapy and Therapist Scale is an adequate measure for measuring a non-specific factor in psychotherapy.

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