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Examination of the unintentional effect of stimulus medium and context on preference for psychotherapy.
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PMID:  3958197     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Past research that has examined preferences for different psychotherapy orientations has yielded inconsistent results. This study investigated whether the discrepant results are artifacts of the methods chosen. Stimulus context (therapy session vs. therapy description) and stimulus medium (audiovisual vs. written) were investigated in comparing preferences for the behavioral and person-centered orientations. Over 300 undergraduates rated their preference for both psychotherapy orientations on a 4-item questionnaire. The behavioral orientation received a significantly higher preference score when both orientations were presented audiovisually as a therapy session. Conversely, the person-centered orientation received a higher preference score when both orientations were presented as a written description. Given the current methodology, rated preference for type of therapy may be determined more by how specifically the therapies are presented than by the actual saliency that a particular orientation holds for an individual.
A Coursol; G J Sipps
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of clinical psychology     Volume:  42     ISSN:  0021-9762     ISO Abbreviation:  J Clin Psychol     Publication Date:  1986 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1986-05-22     Completed Date:  1986-05-22     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0217132     Medline TA:  J Clin Psychol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  280-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Behavior Therapy
Choice Behavior
Patient Acceptance of Health Care*
Research Design
Videotape Recording

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