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Clin Psychol Rev. 2007 Jan;27(1):46-57. Epub 2006 Feb 9.

The efficacy of problem solving therapy in reducing mental and physical health problems: a meta-analysis.

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School of Psychology, University of New England, Armidale, NSW, 2351, Australia. jmalouff@une.edu.au

Abstract

This paper describes a meta-analysis of 31 studies that examined the efficacy of problem solving therapy (PST). The meta-analysis, encompassing 2895 participants, showed that PST is significantly more effective than no treatment (d=1.37), treatment as usual (d=0.54), and attention placebo (d=0.54), but not significantly more effective than other bona fide treatments offered as part of a study (d=0.22). Significant moderators included whether the PST included problem-orientation training, whether homework was assigned, and whether a developer of PST helped conduct the study.

PMID:
16480801
DOI:
10.1016/j.cpr.2005.12.005
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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