ERIC Number: ED297203
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Nov
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Relationships between Counselor Attribution and Intervention Choice.
Murdock, Nancy L.; And Others
Clients' causal explanations for their psychological difficulties have received significant notice in the research literature. In contrast, few studies have focused on the attributions formulated by counselors regarding their clients' difficulties. Attributional approaches to counseling suggest that both client and counselor attributions can affect the course of counseling. This study investigated the relationships between counselor attributions for client presentations and counselor intervention choice. Intake counselors (N=15) were asked to formulate attributions for client presenting problems, and then to choose an ideal treatment intervention. Clients evaluated for the study were students (N=113) who presented for counseling at a large university counseling center. Results suggest that the attributional dimensions of controllability, stability, and globality were related to intervention choice. These findings raise the question about the possible relationships between counselor and counselor attributions for client problems. A second issue concerns the counselor expectations that might be generated by the treatment assignment made for a client. (Author/ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (95th, New York, NY, August 28-September 1, 1987).