Psychologists' use of homework assignments in clinical practice

Nikolaos Kazantzis, Frank P. Deane

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Does the average professional psychologist use homework in clinical practice? If so, how frequently and how systematic is he or she in recommending homework? Ninety-eight percent of the 221 New Zealand practicing psychologists surveyed reported using homework assignments. Although practitioners reported using homework in an average of 57% of sessions, a higher rate (66% of sessions) was reported among those using cognitive and behavioral approaches to therapy. Despite this fact, only 25% of all psychologists reported using systematic procedures for recommending homework. The use of homework in clinical practice may need modification to ensure that clients receive maximum benefit from homework assignments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)581-585
Number of pages5
JournalProfessional Psychology: Research and Practice
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1999
Externally publishedYes

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