ERIC Number: ED293061
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Feb-16
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A Comparison of Intake Counselors' and Clients' Perceptions of Clients' Presenting Problems.
Hutchinson, Roger L.; And Others
Clients seeking psychological counseling, who initiate service of their own volition, do so to obtain help with a problem that they feel afflicts them. Counselors' perceptions of clients' presenting problems assist counselors in making predictions about behavior from which they construct treatment plans. Research has demonstrated that incongruity between counselor and client perceptions may adversely affect the counseling process and outcome. This study compared client and counselor perceptions of clients' presenting problems within the structure of a counselor training clinic, which serves a large number of community residents presenting real life problems. Participants (N=265) were clients of a university counselor training center. Intake counselors (N=6) were psychologists-in-training who were completing the last few weeks of their residency requirement, including a supervised internship experience. Discrepancies were found between community mental health clients' and their intake counselors' perceptions of clients' presenting problems. Counselors and clients similarly identified "family problems" and "marital problems." Counselors were less aware of clients'"specific anxiety" and their problems in "thinking clearly." Counselors more often identified "intrapersonal problems" and "interpersonal problems" than did clients. In view of these results and the scarcity of research the need for additional study in this area is indicated. (Author/ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association (58th, Chicago, IL, May 8-10, 1986).