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Presented at the 18th Annual Research Conference

Therapeutic Alliance in Pediatric Primary Care and Implications for Mental Health Interventions

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Session Number: 1000 Room: Salon E & F

Presenting: Jonathan Brown

All Authors for this paper: Jonathan Brown ; Larry Wissow

Presentation Type: poster presentation

Synopsis: Therapeutic alliance (TA) in psychotherapy is independently associated with treatment outcomes. TA between pediatricians and mothers may similarly explain the success of treating children's psychosocial problems in primary care settings. This study characterizes 51 interactions between mothers and pediatricians measured with the Vanderbilt Therapeutic Alliance Scale (VTAS). Principal component factor analysis resulted in two dimensions: the provider factor and patient and interaction factor. Mothers satisfied with their doctors scored significantly higher on the VTAS than unsatisfied mothers. VTAS scores were significantly inversely related to mothers being African-American, exposed to family violence (Conflict Tactics Scale) and easily angered (Multidimensional Anger Inventory).


Session Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Presentation Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM