Structural family therapy vs individual child psychodynamic therapy: Mediating variables and symptom reduction in a clinical sample of Hispanic boys

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Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

First Committee Member

Blaine Fowers - Committee Chair


Multivariate analyses were performed to identify the role and action, if any, of mediating variables in a therapeutic outcome study with Hispanic boys. The subjects were randomly assigned to one of three treatment groups: Structural Family Therapy, Individual Child Psychodynamic Therapy, or a Recreational Therapy control group. The mediating variables were assessed with measures of functioning in two domains: family systemic functioning, and the child's psychodynamic functioning. Correlations between change scores of the mediating variables with each other and with change scores of the outcome measures indicate that the mechanism of change for these subjects is different between groups. Results of multiple regression analyses offer some support for the hypotheses that mediating variables predict symptom change, and that the interaction of changes in psychodynamic functioning with treatment condition predicts symptom change.


Psychology, General; Psychology, Clinical; Psychology, Psychometrics

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