ERIC Number: ED189479
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
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The Relationship Between Client Characteristics and Therapists' Selection of Clients.
Tryon, Georgiana Shick; DeVito, Anthony J.
Schofield (1964) described the young attractive, verbal, intelligent, and successful person (YAVIS) as the client preferred by therapists. To determine the relationship between the sex of client the variables often associated with the preferred client, and selection as client by male and female therapists, doctoral candidates in Clinical Psychology (four males, six females) read case summaries of 24 clients and rated their preference for working with each client. Both sexes agreed on ratings assigned to clients, viewing female clients as more disturbed and as longer-term clients than males. Therapists of both sexes preferred to see YAVIS clients. Therapists felt more comfortable with same-sex clients, showing preference for specific client characteristics in clients of the same sex, but wanted clients of the opposite sex who fit the preferred client stereotype. (Author/NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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