Notes that in many cases, the effects of counseling do not last. Clients often abandon treatment procedures, and their initial progress deteriorates. This experiment evaluated 2 strategies for enhancing treatment maintenance: behavioral problem solving and faded counselor contact. 69 volunteer college students who were seriously concerned about academic underachievement participated in the study. Ss were randomly assigned to a no-treatment control group, a study skills advice group, or 1 of 4 self-control-plus-study-skills-advice groups. The design also included a no-contact control group of 11 nonvolunteers. Treatment was delivered via a combination of group methods and reading assignments. The major outcome measures were course exam scores and semester GPAs, with follow-ups conducted 6 wks, 12 wks, and 1 yr posttreatment. The results indicate that training in problem solving was an effective treatment maintenance strategy, while a brief fading procedure was not. Results also show rapid posttreatment deterioration on the part of the no-maintenance strategy groups. (21 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).
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