ERIC Number: ED252798
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Effects of Stylistic Variations in Language on Perceptions of Social Influence Characteristics in a Counseling Sophisticated Population.
Reed, James; And Others
Previous research on the effects of counselor language on clients' perception of the counselor's social influence indicated that counselors using complex language were seen as more expert. Seventy-eight undergraduate and graduate counselor trainees participated in a study to replicate these earlier findings by investigating the effects of counselor language style complexity on perceived counselor social influence, using a counseling sophisticated population. Subjects listened to one of four counseling audiotapes in which counselor language differed semantically and stylistically, and then rated the counselor using the Counselor Rating Form. Analysis of results showed variations of stylistic complexity had no measurable effect on perceived counselor social influence. There was no support for the notion that counseling-sophisticated subjects would respond favorably to stylistically simple counselor language. (JAC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Interpersonal Influence Process
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 017 962-966.