ERIC Number: ED223915
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Practicing Psychology? What You Call the Treatment Makes a Difference.
Robb, Harold B., III
Previous research has shown that members of the general public respond differentially to the psychological service provider labels, e.g., behavior analyst, behavior modifier, behavior therapist, clinical psychologist, counseling psychologist, and psychologist, but not to the psychological procedure labels, e.g., behavior modification, behavior therapy, and behavior treatment. Subjects (52 males and 86 females) completed a four-part questionnaire examining the psychological procedure labels, behavior therapy, counseling, and psychotherapy, to learn what meaning people give to certain words or concepts. Subjects viewed: (1) behavior therapy as more physically oriented than counseling or psychotherapy; (2) counseling as more humanistic, helpful, cooperative, good, and realistic, as well as less medically oriented, than either behavior therapy and psychotherapy; and (3) psychotherapy as more tense, deep and complex than either behavior therapy or counseling. Participants also stated the counseling procedure they preferred for themselves or a family member. Participants strongly preferred the label, "counseling." Findings suggest that practitioners may be wise to describe themselves as practicing counseling rather than psychotherapy as the former seems to have preferential connotations to the general public. (PAS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association, (Albuquerque, NM, April 28 - May 1, 1982).