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ERIC Number: ED361620
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Sep-13
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
Symptomatic and Demographic Predictors of Premature Termination.
Pederson, Harold; And Others
Premature termination of client counseling has primarily been studied in university counseling centers and outpatient therapy settings. Findings from studies at university centers have indicated that some personality variables may be related to premature termination, including low self-esteem, low anxiety, high tolerance for ambiguity, and impulsivity. There has been little clear information obtained about the demographic and psychological characteristics of clients who are unlikely to follow through with treatment. This study investigated premature termination of treatment at a university counselor training clinic. Client demographics (age, gender, education, marital status, family income, client urgency, prior counseling experience at the clinic, and prior counseling experience elsewhere) and psychological symptoms as measured by the Symptom Check List-90-Revised were analyzed for 417 primarily Caucasian clients. Two factors emerged as statistically significant: family income and being a former client at the clinic. Clients with higher incomes tended to continue in counseling, while those with lower incomes were more likely to prematurely terminate. Clients who had received prior treatment at the clinic were more likely to continue in counseling than those who were first-time clients. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
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