Over the course of supervision, the interaction sequence was examined in 6 supervision dyads. The dyads comprised 3 supervisors each meeting with 1 successful and 1 less successful trainee. The presence of Kiesler's (in press) hypothesized high-low-high pattern of complementarity over time for successful supervision was examined. Each speaking turn was categorized into 1 of the interpersonal circumplex quadrants, and the sequence of these quadrant responses was examined using loglinear analysis. Results indicated no support for the hypothesized 3-stage model of successful supervision, but there were differences in supervisor responding to trainee hostility across outcome. Results are discussed with respect to the definition and utility of the construct of complementarity to supervision.
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