Dropout is a problematic phenomenon which wastes community, clinician, client, and researcher resources. Clients who dropout from therapy end up the same, or worse than, those who did not seek out therapy at all. While there is a relatively deep and broad understanding of dropout from individual therapy, an exhaustive review of couple therapy dropout literature reveals a very inconsistent and non-conclusive body of research. This may stem from a lack of a consistently used theory to guide research endeavors in this important realm. Primarily, this seems to stem from treating dropout as a static event rather than a process occurring across time. This study seeks to remedy this and shed new light on dropout from couple therapy by using a growth mixture model analysis to tease out which trajectories of change of predictor variables across time are more likely to predict dropout from couple therapy. While the results of this study did not reveal any significant relationships between class membership and dropout (likely due to a too small sample size), the study did find that there were distinct classes (trajectories of change) among the predictor variables across time.
College and Department
Family, Home, and Social Sciences; Family Life
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Lybbert, Ragan A., "Dropout in Couple Therapy: An Exploration of the Trajectories of Couples Dropping Out" (2022). Theses and Dissertations. 9519.
couple therapy, dropout, early termination, unilateral termination, longitudinal analysis