ERIC Number: ED108020
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Apr-5
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Psychotherapy as Stochastic Process: Fitting a Markov Chain Model to Interviews of Ellis and Rogers. University of Minnesota Office of Student Affairs Research Bulletin, Vol. 15, No. 18.
Lichtenberg, James W.; Hummel, Thomas J.
This investigation tested the hypothesis that the probabilistic structure underlying psychotherapy interviews is Markovian. The "goodness of fit" of a first-order Markov chain model to actual therapy interviews was assessed using a x squared test of homogeneity, and by generating by Monte Carlo methods empirical sampling distributions of selected characteristics of interaction processes against which the same characteristics in the actual interviews were compared. The model provided an adequate fit and should provide a useful tool for further investigations into the character and course of the therapy process. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Office for Student Affairs.