Behavioral activation in a homeless shelter: development and validation of the behavioral activation treatment efficacy measure

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M.A. in Psychology, Clinical


Department of Psychology


Advisor: Roger N. Reeb


This study aimed to validate the Behavioral Activation Treatment Efficacy Measure (BATEM), a new evaluation instrument designed to assess an ongoing Behavioral Activation (BA) research program. The study posed three hypotheses, which predicted BATEM would show: (1) strong internal consistency; (2) an ability to distinguish between individuals with mental illness and/or substance abuse history and those with no such history; and (3) an ability to distinguish between frequent and infrequent program participants. Results supported Hypothesis 1, but were less supportive of Hypotheses 2 and 3. Outcomes for these hypotheses were mostly inconclusive and subject to methodological limitations. Results of exploratory analyses and recommendations for future research are also described.


Psychological tests Design and construction, Psychometrics, Mentally ill Identification Testing, Behavior therapy, Clinical Psychology, behavioral activation, homeless shelter, psychometric, validation

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