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Date of Award

4-19-2002

Degree Type

Thesis (On-Campus Access Only)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Clinical Psychology (MSCP)

Committee Chair

Ricks Warren, PhD, ABPP

Second Advisor

Michel Hersen, PhD, ABPP

Abstract

The current study investigated the long-term effectiveness of an empirically supported treatment for panic disorder administered in a private practice setting. Participants were 100 clients with a primary diagnosis of panic disorder with or without agoraphobia who received Panic Control Treatment. Clients achieved substantial, clinically meaningful gains that were maintained at follow-up assessment points. At follow-up, 89% of the sample were panic free and the mean value of each self-report measure used in the study was significantly lower than pretreatment. There were virtually no significant differences between posttreatment and follow-up measures. Normative comparisons and high endstate functioning demonstrated a similar pattern of effectiveness. The magnitude of improvement appears comparable to that reported in efficacy trials. In addition, cross-sectional vs. longitudinal methods of analysis were examined.

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