Date of Award

12-2000

Document Type

Campus Access Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Clinical Psychology

First Advisor

Michael A. Milburn

Second Advisor

Castellano Turner

Third Advisor

Alan Hardwood

Abstract

This study was a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial of homeopathic treatment for depression. Twenty-six subjects were randomly assigned to either a treatment or placebo condition, and the average length of treatment was 16.5 weeks, Participants completed depression, social support and patient satisfaction measures at four different times in the study. The hypothesis of homeopathic treatment effectiveness was not supported, and despite the small sample size, results suggested an effect of expectation. Prior experience with homeopathy and high satisfaction with the study’s homeopathic practitioners had a positive effect on outcome. Implications for future research of mental health outcomes with homeopathic treatment, such as treatment length and comparisons with other treatment approaches, are discussed.

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