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The three grant studies provide data in support of the sensitivity to treatment-related changes on the part of the Quality-of-Life-Inventory.

29 May 2020 2:32 PM | Jill Johnson (Administrator)


A grant study (Carroll et al., 2020) with a control group was just published under the Journal of Behavioral Medicine .   Quality-of-Life-Therapy was used to improve positive emotions among patients with cardio-implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs).  This is the 3rd grant-supported study with a control group (Rodrigue, Baz et al. 2005, Rodrigue, Mandel, et al. 2005).   Quality-of-Life-Therapy meets the clinical psychology criteria summarized by Kazdin for an evidence-based intervention (Frisch, 2016), and  Seligman agrees: it has “good empirical validation” (Seligman, 2011; Rashid and Seligman, 2014).  The three grant studies provide data in support of the sensitivity to treatment-related changes on the part of the Quality-of-Life-Inventory


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Abedi, M.R. and Vostanis, P. (2010).  Evaluation of Quality of Life Therapy for parents of children with obsessive-compulsive disorders in Iran.  European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Carroll, A.J., Christon, L.M., Rodrigue, J.R., Fava, J.L., Frisch, M.B, & Serber, E.R. (2020).  Implementation, feasibility, and acceptability of Quality-of-Life-Therapy to improve positive emotions among patients with implantable cardioverter defibrillators. Journal of Behavior Medicinein press and online 2020. .

Clark, D.A. (2006).  Foreword. In M.B. Frisch, Quality-of-Life-Therapy (pp. xi-x).  Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons. 

Frisch, M. B. (2006).  Quality-of-Life-Therapy.  Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons. 

Frisch, M.B. (2009).  Quality-of-Life-Inventory Handbook: A Guide for Laypersons, Clients, and Coaches.    Minneapolis, MN: NCS Pearson and Pearson Assessments.

Frisch, M.B. (2016),  Quality-of-Life-Therapy,  In A.M. Wood  and  J. Johnson (Eds.), The Wiley Handbook of Positive Clinical Psychology, New York: John Wiley & Sons.

Frisch, M. B., Clark, M. P., Rouse, S. V., Rudd, M. D., Paweleck, J., & Greenstone, A. (2005). Predictive and treatment validity of life satisfaction and the Quality-of-Life-Inventory. Assessment, 12, 66–78.

Kazdin, A. E. (2006). Arbitrary metrics: Implications for identifying evidence-based treatments. American Psychologist, 61(1), 42-49.

Land, K. C. (2006).  Quality of Life Therapy for All!: A review of Frisch’s approach to positive psychology, Quality of Life Therapy.  SINET (Social Indicators Network News), 85, 1-4.

Rashid, T. and Seligman, M. E. P. (2011). Positive psychotherapy.  In D. Wedding and R. Corsini (Eds.).   Current Psychotherapies (10th Ed.)..

Rodrigue, J.R. Mandelbrot, D.A.,  and Pavlakis, M. (2011).  A psychological intervention to improve quality of life and reduce psychological distress in adults awaiting kidney transplantation.  Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation, 26(2): 709-715.

Rodrigue, J.R., Widows, M.R., & Baz, M.A. (2006). Caregivers of patients awaiting lung transplantation: Do they benefit when the patient is receiving psychological services, Progress in Transplantation, 16, 336-342.

Rodrigue, J. R., Baz, M.A., Widows, M.R. , & Ehlers, S.L. (2005).   “A Randomized Evaluation of Quality of Life Therapy with Patients Awaiting Lung Transplantation”.  American Journal of Transplantation,  5,  2425-2432.

Seligman, M. E. P. (2011).  Flourish.  New York: Free Press.



Mike Frisch

Retired Professor of Psychology

Baylor University


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