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Dropout prediction for an early intervention for sub-threshold and mild panic disorder

Seeger, Kristin M. (2012) Dropout prediction for an early intervention for sub-threshold and mild panic disorder.

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Abstract:Dropout is a common and serious problem in research and psychological practice. When participants terminate treatment prematurely, there are methodological, clinical, financial and moral consequences. The aim of the present study was to identify predictors of dropout in a sample of patients (N=217) with sub-threshold and mild panic disorder treated with an early intervention program which was based on cognitive-behavioral principles. Three groups of possible predictors were selected from literature: socio-demographic, personal and illness-related variables. A total of 51 participants (23.5%) were classified as dropouts. The group of dropouts was divided into three groups: the total dropout group (n=51) consisting of pretreatment dropouts (n=17) who attended 0 course sessions and regular dropouts (n=34) who attended 1-5 course sessions. The results of the study showed that years of education were significantly related to total dropout. Furthermore, male gender was related to pretreatment dropout. There were no significant predictors found for regular dropout. The explanatory variation of the predictors remained small. Other predictors were not significantly related to (pretreatment) dropout. It can be concluded that, at present, it remains difficult to predict dropout risk precisely, even in a homogeneous group of patients treated with standardized treatments.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/61690
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