Child Psychotherapy Process Research

  • Robert L. Russell
  • Stephen R. Shirk
Part of the Advances in Clinical Child Psychology book series (ACCP, volume 20)


Relative to studies of treatment outcome, psychotherapy process research has been the ignored stepchild of child psychotherapy investigators. In their review of the child therapy literature, Kazdin, Bass, Ayers, and Rodgers (1990) found that less than 3% of all child therapy studies examined treatment processes. Although research on therapy process with adults has waxed and waned over time in both the behavioral and non-behavioral traditions (Orlinsky & Russell, 1994; Russell & Orlinsky, 1996), the study of therapy process is “perhaps the area of work that is most discrepant between child and adult therapy” (Kazdin, 1995, p. 268). In recent years, however, there have been increasing calls for studies of child therapy processes (cf. Kazdin, 1995; Kendall & Morris, 1991; Russ, 1995), due, in part, to growing evidence from the adult therapy literature that variation in patterns of transactions within sessions contributes to the prediction of treatment outcome (cf. Orlinsky, Grawe, & Parks, 1994).


Therapeutic Relationship Interpersonal Process Therapy Process Play Therapy Psychotherapy Research 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert L. Russell
    • 1
  • Stephen R. Shirk
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyLoyola University ChicagoChicagoUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of DenverDenverUSA

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