Murray State Theses and Dissertations


Previous research has demonstrated the importance of considering client treatment preference when providing treatment for depression. However, little research has focused on the impact of treatment information on client preference. This study investigated differences in treatment preference between potential clients that read credible treatment information and those that read non-credible treatment information. The study was conducted via an online survey that was administered to undergraduate students. Eighty participants were randomly assigned to either read credible treatment information or non-credible treatment information and treatment preferences was assessed via a free response item before and after information regarding treatments was given. Overall, participants listed mostly credible treatments (49.9%) and viewed the credible reading as significantly more credible than the non-credible reading. However, regardless of exposure to credible and non-credible information, a relatively equal and small percentage of both groups changed their preference to include the treatment in the reading. These findings could lead to a better understanding of the influence of information on preference and have implications for allowing clinicians to better inform clients of possible treatments to help align treatment preference with the best evidence-based treatment.

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Thesis Advisor

Michael Bordieri

Committee Member

Brian Perna

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Jana Hackathorn

Committee Member

Esther Malm

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