ERIC Number: ED298405
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Apr
Reference Count: 0
On Returning to Therapy after an Initial Interview.
Schneider, Lawrence J.; Burson, Larry E.
Considerable research has focused on counselor variables related to clients' willingess to continue in psychotherapy. Investigators have studied the effects of a variety of factors influencing counseling dropouts, including administrative policies, client characteristics, and therapist characteristics. This study examined willingness to return as a function of the nature of the clients' presenting problem. Subjects were female college students (N=226). Three scripts, which differed with respect to intimacy and were adapted from actual interviews were used as stimuli. Using a 2 (two counselors) x 3 (low versus moderate versus intense levels of problem intimacy) analogue, these pseudoclients reported more favorable dispositions toward therapy solely as a function of the intimacy of the presenting problem. Generally, when clients' presenting concerns were highly intimate in nature, therapists were viewed as less attractive and trustworthy. Results seem to validate the clinical observations that following significant self-relevations, clients have a tendency to pull back. Since the findings may not be completely generalizable to the clinical situation, further research is needed. (Author/ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Southwestern Psychological Association (34th, Tulsa, OK, April 21-23, 1988).