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ERIC Number: ED074425
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Mar
Pages: 21
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Differential Reinforcing Power of Restatement and Interpretation of Client Production of Affect.
Auerswald, Mary C.
The primary goal of this study was to assess the effectiveness of two distinctly different techniques, restatement and interpretation, on a criterion variable of counseling. The study objectives were: 1) to operationally define these two classes of counselor response and train two counselors to produce them upon cue in a counseling session, using an operant conditioning paradigm; to measure the discriminating or eliciting value of counselor restatement and interpretation upon the client's production of feeling responses in the interview; and 3) to measure the resistence of client exploration of feeling to extinction after affect has been elicited, using each technique. Two female counselor experimenters were trained to conduct the experimental interviews with 40 female subjects who volunteered to participate in a 30-minute counseling interview. Results indicate that while restatement has a detrimental effect on client exploring of feeling, interpretation enhances an important goal of counseling, to talk about one's feelings. References and tables are included. (Author/SES)
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Note: Paper presented at American Educational Research Association Convention, February 26-March 1, 1973, New Orleans