ERIC Number: ED133613
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1961
Reference Count: 0
A Tentative Approach to the Conceptualization and Measurement of Intensity and Intimacy of Interpersonal Contact as a Variable in Psychotherapy.
Truax, Charles B.
Successful psychotherapy is characterized by a sense of vital intensity and personal intimacy between client and therapist. Current theory and research have left this level of interpersonal contact untouched. The hypothesis is advanced that the intensity and intimacy of interpersonal contact supplies the motivation which allows the patient to make use of the conditions offered by the therapist in the patient's own coming to explore and experience his inner self. The author defines intensity and intimacy of interpersonal contact and presents a tentative scale for its measurement. Finally, the relationship of this concept to other therapeutic conditions offered by the therapist is discussed. (MPJ)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHEW), Rockville, MD.; Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, Madison.
Authoring Institution: N/A