Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Identifier

668

Date

2012

Date of Award

7-22-2012

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science

Major

Psychology

Committee Chair

Jeffrey Berman

Committee Member

Richard Dale

Committee Member

Xiangen Hu

Committee Member

Robert Neimeyer

Abstract

This study examined the relationship between therapist directiveness and the process and outcome of psychotherapy. Fifty-two therapy sessions were coded for turn-by-turn therapist directiveness, client compliance, and overall perceived therapist directiveness. These scores were compared to ratings of therapy process and outcome, reported by clients after the session. Additional analyses controlled for client compliance, pretreatment problem severity, and the interaction of directiveness with compliance. This study found no support for directiveness having any reliable relationship with the process or outcome of psychotherapy. Possible improvements are offered for future research on this topic.

Comments

Data is provided by the student.

Library Comment

dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.

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