ISSN 2043-8087
Journal of Experimental Psychopathology
 Volume 5, Issue 1, 72-82, 2014
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Credibility and Outcome Expectancy in the Unified Protocol: Relationship to Outcomes

Johanna Thompson-Hollands, Kate H. Bentley, Matthew W. Gallagher, James F. Boswell, & David H. Barlow
Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders, Boston University, Boston MA, USA

Volume 5, Issue 1, 2014, Pages 72-82

The credibility of a treatment rationale consists of "how believable, convincing, and logical the treatment is" (Kazdin, 1979, p. 82), while outcome expectancy consists of patients' beliefs about how likely they are to benefit from a treatment. The Unified Protocol for Transdiagnostic Treatment of Emotional Disorders (UP) presents some challenges in this regard since the treatment rationale is not directly tailored to a specific disorder. We sought to examine the treatment credibility of the UP, as well as patients' outcome expectancies regarding this transdiagnostic treatment, and how each of these "common factors" related to outcomes. Results suggest that outcome expectancies were more closely related to outcomes than were ratings of credibility, in line with research on these constructs in other treatments. Ratings of credibility and outcome expectancies for the UP were comparable to previously reported levels of these constructs in other cognitive-behavioral treatments.

Table of Contents
 The Unified Protocol
 Study Aims
 Measurement of Credibility and Expectancy
 Outcome Measures
 Credibility and Expectancy Ratings
 Associations with Treatment Outcome

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Johanna Thompson-Hollands, M.A., 648 Beacon St., 6th Floor, Boston, MA 02215.

Unified Protocol, credibility, expectancy, transdiagnostic, treatment

Received 18 Dec 2012; Revised 20 Jun 2013; Accepted 23 Jul 2013; In Press 30 Mar 2014

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