ERIC Number: ED309345
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Apr
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Confidentiality and Professional Affiliation Effects on Subject Ratings of Interviewers.
Drake, David W.; And Others
The purpose of this research was to study the effects of different statements regarding confidentiality (absolute; limited; nondirective) on subject impressions of interviewers. In addition, the professional affiliation of the interviewer was manipulated (psychologist, minister/pastoral counselor, social worker) to assess potential influence of the interviewer's occupational identity. Finally, a dual interviewer stimulus design was used to evaluate the generalizability of any obtained results. Male (N=62) and female (N=141) undergraduates at a large southwestern university completed the Attitudes Toward Seeking Professional Help Scale prior to the experimental manipulations. Dependent measures included the Counselor Rating Form and ratings of other interviewer-relevant items. All main or interaction effects involving confidentiality and professional affiliation were significant. Significant main effects emerged for interviewers on measures of attractiveness, the ability to help clients, and willingness to help clients. Additional research into the effects of discussions regarding different confidentiality conditions on client perceptions of interviewers needs to be conducted. (Author/ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association (35th, Houston, TX, April 13-15, 1989).