Counseling as stochastic process: Fitting a Markov chain model to initial counseling interviews

James W. Lichtenberg, Thomas J Hummel

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Abstract

Tested the hypothesis that the probabilistic structure underlying counseling interviews is Markovian. The goodness of fit of a 1st-order Markov chain model to 6 counseling interviews was assessed by using chi-sup-2 tests of homogeneity and by simulating sampling distributions of selected process characteristics against which the same characteristics in the actual interviews were compared. The model provided an adequate fit to 4 of the 6 interviews and should provide a useful tool for further investigations into the character and course of the counseling process. (30 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)310-315
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Counseling Psychology
Volume23
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 1976

Keywords

  • Markov chain model, goodness of fit to initial counseling interviews

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