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ERIC Number: ED156976
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Mar
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
The Relationship Between Client Reluctance and Counseling Effectiveness.
Paradise, Louis V.
The effect of client reluctance, or resistance to professional assistance, has received little attention in the research on counseling effectiveness. At the college level, where most counseling is short-term in nature, this issue is especially crucial. In a short-term college counseling situation, it was found that intake measures of client reluctance were negatively correlated with client-perceived satisfaction and improvement; negatively related to degree of congruence between perceived problem and perceived emphasis of the agency; and positively correlated with premature termination in counseling. No differences were found between vocational and personal problem groups on measures of client reluctance, satisfaction, or improvement. Client reluctance was shown to be a crucial variable to the outcome of counseling. Implications for these findings on college student personnel work are discussed. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers: Client Reluctance
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Toronto, Ontario, Canada, March, 1978)