Psychotherapy is a treatment of mental health problems by psychiatrist, psychologist or mental health provider. The therapeutic alliance in psychotherapy has been an area of interest for clinicians and researchers for decades. Most studies of the alliance between child and adolescent clients and their therapists indicate the same trend in relation to therapy outcomes as that which has been found in the adult realm. Although the overall importance of the therapeutic alliance is supported by clinical and empirical evidence, more work is needed to understand the circumstances under which therapeutic alliance is most important, the populations in which it is most influential, and the mechanisms through which it impacts therapy outcomes. These studies examining the therapeutic alliance in psychotherapy with children, as opposed to over 2000 adult studies as of 2000. In examining the studies that examined the therapeutic alliance, a correlations was found between the quality of the child-therapist alliance and therapy outcome these results suggest that the variance in treatment outcomes accounted for by the therapeutic alliance is comparable for adult and child/ adolescent populations, it is unclear to what extent adult research on the therapeutic alliance is generalizable to child and adolescent psychotherapy.
Therapeutic Alliance and Outcomes in Children and Adolescents Served in a Community Mental Health System
Last date updated on June, 2014