Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Randall H. Best
The present study was concerned with the concept of therapist-patient pairing or similarity-dissimilarity. From previous research, it appears that certain therapist types work better with certain client types.
In the current study, three therapists and twenty-four clients were used to develop the concept of pairing further using social history as a basis. The results indicate that global similarity generally leads to more positive outcome. However, we are unable to draw any firm conclusions, primarily due to the small sample size. It does appear that social history may be a useful area to continue investigations in the area of pairing.
Bernstein, Howard A., "The Social History of Therapists and Their Clients, as Related to Outcome of Therapy" (1974). Masters Theses. 3667.
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