ERIC Number: ED221817
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Beyond Anecdote and Analogue: "Real World" Research on Gender and Psychotherapy. Symposium.
Billingsley, Donna; And Others
Since a 1970 study found differential mental health standards for men and women, studies evaluating the impact of such standards on psychotherapy treatment plans have been mixed. Two recent investigations were designed to correct for earlier problems in archival research, and a third was designed to correct for the analogue problem of using pseudo-case histories rather than actual working therapist-client pairs. Findings on the treatment plans of experienced therapists from data analyses of the three studies revealed that therapists responded to their perceptions of their client's presenting problems rather than client gender in formulating treatment plans. Therapists tended to focus on specific problem remediators rather than on the less specific cultural traits involving sex roles. The results suggest that in the early stages of therapy, feminine themes such as self-awareness and the ability to communicate may be vital to the creation of a workable therapeutic environment and that these themes are probably more an expression of therapy stage and only incidentally related to gender role. (JAC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Analogue Models
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Psycholgical Association (28th, New Orleans, LA, March 24-27, 1982).