ERIC Number: ED050388
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Interpersonal Compatability: A Test of the FIRO Theory in the Counseling Relationship.
Arndt, Gerald M.
This study measured the interpersonal needs of the counselor and counselee using the FIRO-B Scale to determine their effect on the subject's reaction to a counseling interview. Each counselor and counselee met with a compatible and an incompatible subject within the counterbalanced research designed. The general hypothesis for the study was that the interpersonal compatibility of the counselor and the counselee would have a positive effect on: (1) counselor and counselee feelings and reactions toward the counseling relationship; and (2) reactions towards each other. The results of the statistical testing of the hypotheses indicated that interpersonal compatibility did not have a significant effect, and suggested that the theory may be inadequate for determining outcomes in initial counseling relationships. Among the implications were that: (1) felt progress; (2) interest of the interviewer; (3) an estimation of the interviewer's ability to help; and (4) rewards and costs should also be considered when investigating counseling relationships. (Author/TA)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Bridgeport Univ., CT.
Identifiers: FIRO B Scale
Note: Paper presented at the American Personnel and Guidance Association Convention in Atlantic City, New Jersey, April 4-8, 1971