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ERIC Number: ED424501
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
Educating New Therapists about Differences between Parents' and Therapists' Expectations of Child Psychotherapy.
Soley, Georgia; Hooper, Yvonne; Marshall, Renee; Chambliss, Catherine
Understanding why parents seek psychotherapy for their children is important for new therapists wishing to optimize the treatment process and outcomes. The development of an effective partnership with the child client's parents seems to be critical to treatment success although little research has explored the congruence of expectations between parents and therapists. Premature termination of therapy has been found to relate to differences in goal and outcome expectations between therapists and family members of clients. In the present study, responses of therapists and parents were compared using a between-subjects design in order to determine differences between these groups in terms of the way they conceptualize the objectives of therapy. Between-group t-tests of a sample of 67 parents and 12 therapists revealed significant differences relating to the objectives of normalization and behavior change. Therapists emphasize the importance of behavior change, while parents view normalization as more crucial than behavior change. Results are presented and discussed. Contains 15 references. (Author/EMK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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