ERIC Number: ED054490
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
Research in Person Perception and the Helping Relationship.
Sawatzky, D. Donald; Zingle, Harvey W.
This study is an attempt to reconceptualize what variables are relevant from the perspective of a counselor in assessing person perception. Urban and rural high school students were used as judges. After watching a videotaped interview, they filled out questionnaires testing their accuracy of person perception, and memory of verbal and visual cues. They also summarized their impressions of the interviewee and his attributes. The 2 major aspects of person preception examined, i.e., differentiation, or the number of distinct concepts entertained by a person with respect to his world, and integration, the extent to which dimensional units of information can be interrelated in different ways to generate new and discrepant perspectives about stimuli, were found to be positively related to each other as well as to accuracy of perception, and memory of verbal and visual stimuli. An important implication stressed is that the aim of counseling be altered to the development of more abstract conceptual functioning rather than simple adjustment to societal norms, encouraging creative rather than accomodative characteristics. More open counseling relationships would be developed by counselors with effective person perception as defined in the study. (Author/KS)
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Authoring Institution: Alberta Univ., Edmonton.
Note: Paper presented at Canadian Guidance and Counselling Association Convention, Toronto, May 30 - June 2, 1971