ERIC Number: ED214060
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Relationship between Degree of Choice in Client's Language and Therapy Outcome.
McMullen, Linda M.
Degree of choice or options in language has been posited as being relevant to the psychotherapy process. To investigate the relationship of this concept to the course of therapy and to therapy outcome, 67 15-minute segments from six cases of individual psychotherapy were transcribed and the language of the clients was coded according to variables purported to measure degree of choice or options. Therapy outcome was assessed by the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI), Goal Attainment Scaling, client ratings, and/or therapist ratings. On the basis of these outcome measures, a global rating of degree of overall improvement was made on each client. Data analyses revealed no significant changes over time in any of the variables in any of the clients. However, ranking of clients according to overall degree of choice displayed in their language during the course of therapy revealed that significant improvement occurred only in cases where clients displayed the least degree of choice or flexibility in their language. The findings suggest further assessment of the content of instances of the variables and the context within which these instances occur. (Author/JAC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Canada; Choice Behavior
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Canadian Psychological Association (42nd, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, June 3-5, 1981).