ERIC Number: ED250641
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Aug
Self-Awareness in a Quasi-Counseling Interview.
Liese, Bruce S.
The relationship between self-awareness and counseling outcome has received little attention in the counseling research literature. In order to test the relationship between counselor-induced and dispositional self-awareness and counseling outcomes, 60 female undergraduates participated in two audiotaped sessions. In the sign-up session subjects' sociability behaviors were rated as they interacted with a confederate. In the quasi-counseling interview subjects discussed real concerns with a counselor who either reflected their thoughts and feelings (mirroring) or encouraged them to talk (non-mirroring). Subjects then completed a sociability self-rating form for the veridicality measure, a sentence completion form to measure self-awareness (Exner, 1973, and the short version of the Counselor Rating Form. Analysis of results showed that those high in dispositional private self-awareness were more self-referent and veridical, and that those in the mirroring condition were more veridical than those in the non-mirroring condition. There was no support for the hypothesized interaction between dispositional and induced self-awareness. The findings suggest that prior knowledge about the level of clients' private self-awareness might be important in assessment and treatment planning. (MCF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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