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A national survey of practicing psychologists' use and attitudes toward homework in psychotherapy
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences - Papers (Archive)
  • Frank P Deane, University of Wollongong
  • Nikolaos Kazantzis, La Trobe University
  • G Lampropoulos
RIS ID
12078
Publication Date
1-1-2005
Publication Details

Kazantzis, N., Lampropoulos, G. & Deane, F. P. (2005). A national survey of practicing psychologists' use and attitudes toward homework in psychotherapy. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 73 (4), 742-748.

Abstract
Homework assignments have been studied extensively in psychotherapy research, but there is little data on the way in which homework is transferred to clinical practice. A survey was conducted of 827 practicing psychologists nationwide regarding their use and attitudes toward homework. Overall, 68% of the present sample indicated that they "often" or "almost always" used homework assignments. Factor analysis revealed that practitioners have a range of attitudes that can be classified as reflecting the notion that homework has (a) a negative impact on in-session therapeutic work and (b) a positive effect on therapy outcomes. More positive attitudes were reported among those with a cognitive-behavioral theoretical orientation. Nevertheless, the use of homework among psychodynamic/analytic practitioners reported in the present sample was unexpected and suggests that theoretical and empirical work is required to examine homework's effects in a range of psychotherapy approaches.
Citation Information
Frank P Deane, Nikolaos Kazantzis and G Lampropoulos. "A national survey of practicing psychologists' use and attitudes toward homework in psychotherapy" (2005) p. 742 - 748
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/fdeane/58/