ERIC Number: ED259254
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Apr
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Effects of Counselor-Client Age Similarity and Presenting Problem Intimacy on Client Satisfaction.
Hayslip, Bert, Jr.; Schneider, Lawrence J.
Researchers have called psychologists' attention to the role that client perception of the therapeutic relationship plays in therapy outcome. Past studies assessing the impact on clients of therapist age have used varied research strategies and raised several methodological issues. A study was undertaken which attempted to resolve some of these issues and address the counselor-client age issue as a determinant of counselee preferences for help. Single (N=48) and married (N=48) women, between the ages of 18 and 31, observed one therapist in videotaped simulated interviews handling three client problems varied for interpersonal intimacy. Two older women (61 and 74 years old) and two younger women (26 and 34 years old) served as counselors. Subjects then completed the Client Satisfaction Form and rated the counselor's attractiveness, expertness, and trustworthiness, using the Counselor Rating Form-Short. The results showed that younger counselors were preferred over older counselors when time management was an issue. No preferences based on counselor age were expressed for more intimate problems. Analyses of data on counselor expertness, attractiveness, and trustworthiness suggested that, although individual differences among counselors seemed to contribute to client satisfaction in dealing with issues of differential intimacy, chronological age did not emerge as a factor in younger, prospective clients' perceptions of counselor attributes. (NRB)
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