18 May The role of client empathy in treatment outcome at youth forensic psychiatric services
The role of client empathy in treatment outcome at youth forensic psychiatric services
Individual presentation5Minet de Wied, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
Room 1BWed 10:45 - 12:15
Therapist empathy is known to be essential in establishing a good therapeutic relationship and treatment success. Empathy is a dynamic interpersonal process, however, depending in part on the relationship between the empathizer en person being empathized. The current study explores the role of client empathy in treatment outcome among male and female adolescents receiving treatment as usual (TAU) at forensic psychiatric services. Client reported empathy was assessed at intake and again at six months of treatment. Therapeutic change was rated by their therapist. The following questions are addressed: (1) is client empathy at intake related to therapist reported change at six months? (2) Is client empathy subject to change during the first six months of treatment? (3) Is such change related to therapist reported outcome? (4) are therapist factors (as empathy, personality and gender) involved in client empathy change? Preliminary results reveal that empathy in forensic youth-psychiatric patients is subject to change, that gender can play a decisive role in this and that empathy improvement contributes to therapist reported behaviour change at six months.