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