A-B therapist "types" and responses to patient-communicated hostility: An analogue study

Juris I. Berzins, Edward Seidman, Robert D. Welch

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In prior research by B. J. Betz and R. C. Carson (see 41:5, 41:9) A and B therapists obtained relatively better outcomes with schizophrenic and neurotic patients, respectively. Recent research suggests that 1 basis for these performance differences might lie in therapist-patient "complementarity" with respect to extrapunitive (E) vs. intropunitive (I) modes of handling anger; presumably, As would (E) vs. intropunitive (I) modes of handling anger; presumably, As would respond more effictively to E cues and Bs to I cues in patients To test this theory 90 undergraduate male As, ABs (middles), and Bs wrote self-selected "helpful" responses to brief, tape-recorded patient communications (E and I). Only limited support was obtained for analyses of the helping responses themselves. The predicted interaction effects were supported for Ss' evaluations of their helping performances. As paired with the E and Bs paired with the I patient were more satisfied than Ss oppositely paired (p < .05). Satisfaction ratings varied inversely with Ss' perceived similarity to the patients (p < .02). (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)27-32
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1 1970



  • A-B therapist types & responses to patient-communicated hostility, male college students as therapists, analogue study

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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