Samantha Richtberg

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BACKGROUND The cognitive model and empirical research underline the importance of dysfunctional beliefs about bodily symptoms and illness in health anxiety and hypochondriasis. However, specificity of such beliefs has not yet been adequately demonstrated for patients with hypochondriasis. OBJECTIVE This study examined whether dysfunctional beliefs about(More)
OBJECTIVE Cognitive-behavioral therapy has proven to be highly effective in the treatment of hypochondriasis and health anxiety. However, little is known about which therapeutic interventions are most promising. The aim of the present study was to compare the efficacy of cognitive therapy (CT) with exposure therapy (ET). METHOD Eighty-four patients with a(More)
The restrictive concept of good health and the misinterpretation of bodily symptoms as a sign of illness are considered in the DSM and in well-established cognitive models as central characteristics of hypochondriasis. However, until now it has not been satisfactorily resolved whether this tendency is unique for hypochondriasis. In the current study a(More)
Meta-analyses reveal that homework compliance is associated with a better treatment outcome. However, little is known about the processes that could be responsible for patient compliance with homework. It has been proposed that therapist competence, in particular with respect to reviewing homework, is highly relevant for homework compliance. The present(More)
OBJECTIVE Psychotherapy for hypochondriasis has greatly improved over the last decades and cognitive-behavioral treatments are most promising. However, research on predictors of treatment outcome for hypochondriasis is rare. Possible predictors of treatment outcome in cognitive therapy (CT) and exposure therapy (ET) for hypochondriasis were investigated. (More)
OBJECTIVE Patient in-session interpersonal behavior, as part of the therapeutic alliance, is an important aspect of the psychotherapy process and impacts treatment outcome. In the present study, the development and validation of a rating scale of patient in-session interpersonal behavior is described. METHOD A 10-item rating scale, the Assessment Form of(More)
Previous studies found high prevalence rates of personality disorders (PDs) in patients with hypochondriasis; however, assessment was often based only on questionnaires. In the current study, a sample of 68 patients with hypochondriasis was compared to 31 patients with panic disorder and to 94 healthy controls. Participants were investigated with the(More)
Nondisclosure is considered to be a central obstacle to effective psychotherapy supervision. The aim of the current study was the validation of the German version of the Supervisory Questionnaire (SQ; Yourman & Farber, 1996), a short measure for the assessment of supervisee nondisclosure. The investigation was based on a sample of 589 supervisees.(More)
For the evaluation of therapist competence in psychotherapeutic treatment, only highly experienced judges (experts) were found to be adequate, whereas therapist adherence could be assessed by nonexperts. Using experts implies high costs for the rating process. Therefore, an interesting question is whether experts are also necessary for the assessment of(More)
The role of treatment delivery factors (i.e., therapist adherence, therapist competence, and therapeutic alliance) is rarely investigated in psychotherapeutic treatment for health anxiety. This study aimed to investigate the role of the assessment perspective for the evaluation of treatment delivery factors and their relevance for treatment outcome.(More)
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