An Investigation of the Relationship Between the Alliance Negotiation Scale and Psychotherapy Process and Outcome

Jennifer M. Doran, Jeremy D. Safran, J. Christopher Muran

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Abstract

Objective: This study examines the validity of the Alliance Negotiation Scale (ANS) in a psychotherapy research program. Analyses were designed to evaluate the relationship between the ANS and psychotherapy process and outcome variables. Method: Data were collected in a metropolitan psychotherapy research program. Participants completed 30 sessions of therapy, postsession assessments, and a battery of measures at intake and termination. Results: Relationships were found between the ANS and session outcome, working alliance, and the presence of ruptures and their resolution. Relationships emerged between the ANS and treatment outcome on measures of psychiatric distress and interpersonal problems. Conclusions: The ANS demonstrated relationships with several psychotherapy process and outcome variables. The ANS was the most differentiated from the working alliance on measures of interpersonal functioning and in discriminating personality disorder pathology. These results extend previous findings on the ANS’ psychometric integrity, and offer new data on the relationship between negotiation and treatment outcome.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)449-465
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Clinical Psychology
Volume73
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2017
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Alliance Negotiation Scale
  • predictive validity
  • psychometric validation
  • psychotherapy process

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