ERIC Number: ED423464
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Aug
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Self-Concept and Self-Esteem as Moderators of Client Transference.
Arachtingi, Barrie Mariner; Lichtenberg, James W.
The potential moderating role of self-esteem and ego development on client transference is examined. These are two developmental factors that the literature has suggested might influence people's perceptions of early caretakers and thus of therapists, leading to transference in the therapy situation. Transference was operationalized as (a) the similarity of clients' perceptions of their therapist and their perceptions of their parents and (b) therapists' ratings on a transference scale, the Therapy Session Check Sheet. Ego identity and self-esteem measurements were compared to the similarity ratings of empathy, positive regard, and unconditionality of regard of therapists and parental figures as well as to transference ratings by the therapist (N=62 clients; 29 therapists). Procedure and instruments used are described. Descriptive statistics are provided and results are discussed. Results support the idea that these developmental factors impact a client's view of the therapist and parental figures and are associated with therapists' views of transference. Persons with low ego identity and low self-esteem tend to see their therapists and parental figures more dissimilarly; and the more transference that a therapist perceived, the greater the tendency for the client to have low ego identity. (Author/EMK)
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