Psychotherapy length of stay and outcome: A meta-analysis of the effect of therapist sex

Daniel Bowman, Forrest Scogin, Mark Floyd, Nancy Mckendree-Smith

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Abstract

This meta-analysis combined results from 64 published and unpublished studies that sought to determine the effect of therapist sex on the outcome of psychotherapy. Therapist sex was found to be a poor predictor of outcome for both male and female clients. Level of therapist training, theoretical orientation of treatment, quality of study, age of clients, and number of treatment sessions did not moderate the minimal effect of therapist sex on the outcome of psychotherapy. We conclude that the sex of the therapist has little overall effect on the outcome of psychotherapy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)142-148
Number of pages7
JournalPsychotherapy
Volume38
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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