VISTAS Assessment, Evaluation, Accountability and Research in Counseling

VISTAS Online is an innovative publication produced for ACA by Dr. Garry R. Walz and Dr. Jeanne C. Bleuer of Counseling Outfitters, LLC. Its purpose is to provide a means of capturing the ideas, information and experiences generated by the annual ACA Conference and selected ACA Division Conferences. Papers on a program or practice that has been validated through research or experience may also be submitted. This digital collection of peer-reviewed articles is authored by counselors, for counselors. VISTAS Online contains the full text of over 900 proprietary counseling articles published from 2004 to 2017.

A Naturalistic Study of Treatment Outcome for Patients with Dissociation Disorder

Sandra L. Perosa, Tricia C. Leonard, Linda M. Perosa, and Moshe Torem


This study is based on archival data completed by 424 participants ranging in age from 13 to 68 who had received or who were receiving treatment for dissociative disorders with comorbid symptoms at various clinical settings in the United States. The participants completed measures describing their treatment and degree of relief for their symptoms. Seven separate regression analyses were conducted. In each analysis, 14 predictor (i.e., treatment) variables were entered simultaneously. The dependent variable in each analysis was a symptom cluster identified by factor analysis of the symptom checklist completed by participants. The results of this study identify the unique treatment variables that predict specific client outcomes and are consistent with extant research indicating that treatment improves client functioning.

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