Differences in dropout rates among individual, couple, and family therapy clients

Maria V. Masi, Richard B. Miller, Michael M. Olson

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The premature dropout of clients from therapy is an inefficient expenditure of mental health resources. This study examined differences in dropout rates among individual, couple, and family therapy clients. Data came from archived records at a marriage and family therapy clinic at a university in the United States. Results indicated that there were no significant differences in dropout rates, despite the use of multiple measures of dropout. Thus, from a mental health services perspective, administrators and clinicians can expect that dropout rates will remain fairly consistent across treatment modalities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)63-75
Number of pages13
JournalContemporary Family Therapy
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2003



  • Couple therapy
  • Dropout rates
  • Family therapy
  • Individual therapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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