The Outcome of STAPP

  • Peter E. Sifneos
Part of the Topics in General Psychiatry book series (TGPS)


Psychotherapeutic outcome can be seen as having three distinct dimensions, as proposed by Strupp and Hadley (1977) in their attempt to set up a conceptual model to evaluate mental health. These should be kept clearly in mind whenever one attempts to assess the results of psychotherapy. They involve society, the patient, and the therapist. Society tends to view mental health in terms of observed behavior and social conformity. The patient, on the other hand, considers his own well-being first and foremost and equates his own mental health with it. Finally, the therapist tends to view the patient’s functioning according to his own theoretical model of personality structure.


Control Patient Symptomatic Improvement Outcome Criterion Interpersonal Relation Experimental Counterpart 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter E. Sifneos
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  1. 1.Harvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA

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