Client perceptions of the therapeutic relationship as a function of client and counselor age

William N. Robiner, Martha Storandt

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Abstract

32 women pseudoclients from each of 2 age groups (25-35 and 60-70 yrs) met with a woman crisis counselor from 1 of the 2 age groups for a 50-min face-to-face interview. Results suggest that age of clients and counselors did not exert a significant influence on clients' perceptions of counselor facilitative skills (e.g., empathy, congruence, regard) or client satisfaction with the therapeutic interview. Age similarity between the client and counselor did not necessarily improve the working alliance. Clients of a specific age group view some counselors of a particular age as more facilitative and empathic than other counselors of that same age. (21 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)96-99
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Counseling Psychology
Volume30
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1983
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • client & counselor age, client satisfaction & perception of counselor facilitative skills, 25-35 vs 60-70 yr old counselors & clients

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