Therapeutic effectiveness of setting and monitoring goals

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Abstract

Investigated the therapeutic effects of goal-setting strategies on 32 adult patients whose behaviors were disintegrating but not fragmented nor disoriented. Two techniques of goal setting were introduced: (a) collaboration of patients, therapists, and “collaterals” (other persons significant to the patient) on 3-mo treatment goals and (b) weekly monitoring with structured feedback. 16 Ss were randomly assigned to a treatment group for which the Behavioral Monitoring Progress Record (BMPR) was used. The other 16 Ss were randomly assigned to the same individual therapy but without weekly goal setting or monitoring. Collateral persons and behavioral criteria were used at intake for collecting information in each problem area and were used at follow-up to validate the S's self-report. The Goal Attainment Scale and Follow-up Interview Schedule were used to evaluate change. All Ss improved from the time of intake to the time of the follow-up interview. BMPR Ss had greater success in the attainment of goals. (5 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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