Date of Award
Master of Science
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.
dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Hua, Henry You-Chee, "What Happens when Therapists are More Directive? Correlating Directiveness with Psychotherapy Process and Outcome" (2012). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 551.