SUBJECTIVE REACTIONS OF A AND B QUASI-THERAPISTS TO SCHIZOID AND NEUROTIC COMMUNICATIONS: A REPLICATION AND EXTENSION

JURIS I. BERZINS, EDWARD SEIDMAN

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Abstract

PRIOR RESEARCH HAS SHOWN THAT THERAPISTS CLASSIFIED AS "A'S" ON THE WHITEHORN-BETZ A-B SCALE ACHIEVE BETTER OUTCOMES IN PSYCHOTHERAPY WITH SCHIZOPHRENIC PATIENTS, WHILE B'S PERFORM BETTER WITH NEUROTIC PATIENTS. THE PRESENT EXPERIMENT, A PSYCHOTHERAPY ANALOGUE USING 72 UNTRAINED SS AS QUASI-THERAPISTS, FOUND THAT A'S, WHEN PAIRED WITH A SCHIZOID PATIENT, AND B'S, WHEN PAIRED WITH A NEUROTIC PATIENT FOUND IT EASIER TO SELECT SELF-CHOSEN HELPFUL RESPONSES AND WERE MORE SATISFIED WITH THEIR PERFORMANCE THAN UNDER THE OPPOSITE THERAPIST-BY-PATIENT CONDITIONS OF PAIRING. THESE RESULTS ARE CONSISTENT WITH DATA ON ACTUAL THERAPIST. METHODOLOGICAL IMPLICATIONS FOR PSYCHOTHERAPY AND ANALOGUE RESEARCH ARE ADDUCED. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)342-347
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of consulting and clinical psychology
Volume32
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 1968

Keywords

  • NEUROTIC PATIENTS, WHITEHORN-BETZ CLASSIFICATION OF THERAPISTS
  • RESPONSES TO SCHIZOID &

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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