Therapeutic Alliance and Common Factors in Treatment

  • Daniella M. Halperin
  • Meara L. Weitzman
  • Michael W. Otto
Part of the Series in Anxiety and Related Disorders book series (SARD)


Changes in therapy can result from variables unique to a particular treatment package (i.e., specific factors), as a function of variables common to a variety of treatments (i.e., nonspecific/common factors), or a combination of both specific and nonspecific ingredients (Kazdin,1979). Nonspecific (or common) treatment factors include variables that are common across different treatment modalities, which are thought to influence outcomes in therapy but are often not well linked to a mechanism of change. Due to differences in what is posited to be important to the change process by any one treatment theory, specific factors that are deemed crucial for one theoretical approach might be considered a common factor for another approach (Kazdin,1979; Wilkins,1979).


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Emotional Regulation Motivational Interview Alliance Effect Therapeutic Alliance 
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  • Daniella M. Halperin
    • 1
  • Meara L. Weitzman
    • 1
  • Michael W. Otto
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyBoston UniversityBostonUSA

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