Youth Therapeutic Alliance in Intensive Treatment Settings

Journal Article

Therapeutic alliance (TA), the helping relationship that develops between a client and clinician, has received little attention in child treatment studies until recently, though it is the factor found to be most predictive of clinical outcomes. Furthermore, TA is cited as one of the most important components to effective therapy according to practicing clinicians. This study examines the TA that develops between teacher/counselors and children in 2 settings, a partial hospital/day school and a wilderness camp. An important finding in this study is the lack of relationship between the teacher/counselor's view of TA and the youth's view. Moreover, this correlation does not improve according to how long the counselors have known or have treated the youth. The implications of this and other findings are discussed.

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Bickman, L; Andrade, ARVD; Lambert, EW; Doucette, A; Sapyta, J; Boyd, AS; Rumberger, DT; Moore-Kurnot, J; McDonough, LC; Rauktis, MB

Published Date

  • 2004

Published In

  • Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research

Volume / Issue

  • 31 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 134 - 148

PubMed ID

  • 15255222