Psychotherapy Outcome Research with Children and Adolescents

The State of the Art
  • John R. Weisz
  • Stanley J. Huey
  • Vanessa Robin Weersing
Part of the Advances in Clinical Child Psychology book series (ACCP, volume 20)


After decades of sowing, weeding, harvesting, and winnowing, workers in the field of child and adolescent treatment research have produced a bumper crop. There are now scores of structured interventions for diverse forms of psychological dysfunction across a broad age spectrum. Research-based treatments exist for a substantial range of clinically significant problems and disorders. Although a majority of the more than 230 named therapies for youths have not been tested empirically (see Kazdin, 1988; Kazdin & Weisz, 1996), dozens of such therapies have been subjected to empirical scrutiny, with beneficial effects demonstrated in more than 300 studies. In this chapter, we describe the context of child and adolescent treatment and treatment research, summarize findings of that research, and offer a constructive critique. Finally, we suggest a number of issues that need to be addressed, and approaches that need to be taken, to advance the field. Throughout this chapter, we use the term children to encompass both children and adolescents, except where a distinction needs to be drawn between the two age groups.


Therapeutic Relationship Juvenile Offender Child Treatment Play Therapy Clinical Trial Research 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • John R. Weisz
    • 1
  • Stanley J. Huey
    • 1
  • Vanessa Robin Weersing
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of California at Los AngelesLos AngelesUSA

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