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ERIC Number: ED071007
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Sep
Pages: 12
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Methodology for Naturalistic Observation of Therapist Behavior in Group Psychotherapy.
Weiss, Leslie Bloch
This paper presents a research method derived from the functional analysis of behavior currently common among operant behavior therapists. Naturalistic observation, the method used, encompasses behavioral-level description of events, systematic observation and recording by means of codes, assessment of inter-judge reliability, as well as targeting both verbal and nonverbal behaviors. This method is applied to therapist behavior in group psychotherapy as a first step in its verification and application to more complex interactions. The results of this investigation support the idea that many therapist behaviors can be readily classified by use of naturalistic observation procedures. These procedures, specifically designed for gathering data with a minimum of interference yet without sacrificing either precision or reliability, retain the spontaneity which systematic laboratory efforts have often lost. References are included. (Author/SES)
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Note: Paper presented at the American Psychological Association Convention, (Honolulu, Hawaii, September 2-8, 1972)