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ERIC Number: ED360606
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
Pages: 25
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"What I Hear You Saying Is...": Comparison of Two Counseling Approaches in Interracial Counselor-Client Initial Interactions.
Dillon, Randy K.
It has been estimated that, by the year 2000, 30% of the American population will hold minority status. More than 50% of minority individuals who seek counseling services terminate after the first session, compared to 30% for white clients. This study examined whether counseling technique was a relevant factor in multicultural counseling by comparing the Rogerian person-centered approach to reality therapy in counseling dyads involving a white counselor and a black client. Black undergraduate students (N=31) viewed videotaped counseling sessions that used either reality therapy or person-centered therapy and completed feedback forms expressing their degree of satisfaction with each scene. The findings revealed that black students viewed reality therapy as more beneficial than person-centered therapy. Black students viewed reality therapy more favorably than person-centered therapy on 7 of 15 statements. The counselor in the reality scene was viewed as honest by 90% of subjects, while the counselor in the person-centered scene was viewed as honest by 52% of the subjects. Only 29% of the subjects felt that the client on the videotape should return to the person-centered counselor, compared to 81% who agreed that the client should return to the reality therapy counselor. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Listening Association (Memphis, TN, March 3-6, 1993).