ERIC Number: ED252795
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
A Language Analysis of Resistance in Psychological Treatment.
Davis, Kathleen L.; And Others
Verbal productivity and lack of self-disclosure about feelings by counselor trainees may indicate resistance in a supervision session. In order to investigate resistance as it relates to trainees' statements, 20 supervisors viewed and rated a 15-minute videotape of a simulated supervisory session, in which the trainee was instructed to exhibit resistant behaviors. Based on supervisors' ratings, 10 statements were classified as high resistance statements (HRS) and 10 as low resistance statements (LRS). The Computer-Assisted Language Analysis System (CALAS) was used to process the language of the videotaped session according to verb type (state, action, or state experiential). Verbal productivity was high in the HRS and low in the LRS indicating that trainees and supervisors thought talking a lot demonstrated resistance. Analysis of the semantic content of the discourse in the HRS indicated that trainees tended to avoid feeling states and disclosed only thoughts unrelated to supervision. These disclosures were viewed as resistant. The findings indicate that CALAS can be useful in improving counseling skills by establishing the links between the counseling experience and semantic and stylistic measures generated by it. (BH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Computer Assisted Language Analysis System; Resistance (Psychology)
Note: Paper presented as part of a symposium "Research on Language Analysis in Counseling" at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (68th, New Orleans, LA, April 23-27, 1984). For other symposium papers, see CG 017 962-967.