Evaluating an alliance-focused treatment for personality disorders

J. Christopher Muran, Jeremy D. Safran, Lisa Wallner Samstag, Arnold Winston

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This paper presents a study with the aim of evaluating the relative efficacy of an alliance-focused treatment, brief relational therapy, in comparison to a short-term dynamic therapy and a cognitive-behavioral therapy on a sample of highly comorbid personality disordered patients. Results indicated that the three treatments were equally effective on standard statistical analyses of change, including those conducted on repeated measures and residual gain scores. Some significant differences were indicated regarding clinically significant change and reliable change, favoring the brief relational and cognitive-behavioral models. There was also a significant difference regarding dropout rates, favoring brief relational therapy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)532-545
Number of pages14
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Brief psychotherapies
  • Clinical significance
  • Dropout status
  • Personality disorders
  • Reliable change
  • Therapeutic alliance
  • Treatment outcome


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