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Clients' and therapists' perceptions of intrasessional connection : an analogue study of change over time, predictor variables, and level of consensus

Cooper, Mick (2012) Clients' and therapists' perceptions of intrasessional connection : an analogue study of change over time, predictor variables, and level of consensus. Psychotherapy Research, 22 (3). pp. 274-287. ISSN 1050-3307

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    Abstract

    Clients’ and therapists’ within-session experiences of relational connection were investigated using an analogue design. Eighty “therapist -- client” dyads rated, on a minute-by-minute basis, their levels of connection to the other over a 20 minute counseling session. Therapists’ and clients’ feelings of connection increased over time with a negatively accelerating curve. Clients experienced a greater increase in feelings of connection with therapists that they perceived as less anxious; while older therapists, and therapists who believed they were perceived as more agreeable, experienced a deeper connection. Clients’ and therapists’ perception of connection were significantly associated, with a median within-dyad correlation of .76.

    Item type: Article
    ID code: 34743
    Notes: Accepted for publication 2011-11-28
    Keywords: psychotherapy process, psychotherapy research, therapeutic alliance, relational depth, counselling, Social pathology. Social and public welfare, Clinical Psychology
    Subjects: Social Sciences > Social pathology. Social and public welfare
    Department: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Psychological Science and Health > Counselling
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    Depositing user: Pure Administrator
    Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2011 11:58
    Last modified: 27 Mar 2014 09:44
    URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/34743

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