With the widespread presence of sleep disorders in the United States, especially insomnia, it is pertinent to investigate beliefs that patients have about insomnia, symptom severity, and treatment acceptability in order to assess patients' motivation for behavioral change. Participants in this archival study were thirty-one patients seeking help for sleep-related issues, whom were primarily from a Midwestern metropolitan area. Patients had completed pre-treatment measures that assessed insomnia symptoms, outcomes, treatment acceptability, and willingness to change and one post-treatment measure assessing insomnia outcomes. Because the purpose of the present study was to examine whether these variables predict patient improvement (higher scores on the post-treatment measure), a linear regression was used to analyze the data. Results indicated that pre-treatment insomnia outcomes, symptoms, change, and treatment acceptability did not predict higher scores of patient improvement. Because there has not been a significant amount of research conducted on the topic of predictors of insomnia treatment outcome and the fact that novel outcome measures were used, future research should focus on developing more psychometrically sound outcomes measures.
Date of Degree
Master of Arts (MA)
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Afflerbach, Shelby Marie, "Symptom Severity, Treatment Acceptability, and Motivational Predictors Related to Patient Improvement for Insomnia" (2014). All Graduate Theses, Dissertations, and Other Capstone Projects. 287.
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