Posttermination friendship between counselors and clients

William A. Salisbury, Richard Kinnier

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This study examined counselors' behaviors and attitudes regarding friendships and sexual relationships with fanner clients. A random sample of 96 members of the American Mental Health Counselors Association responded to our survey. Although a minority of counselors (33%) believed that posttermination sexual relationships might be acceptable 5 years after termination, only 47c admitted to engaging in such relationships. In contrast. 70% of the counselors believed that posttermination friendships were acceptable 2 years (on average) after termination and 33% acknowledged that they had engaged in such friendships. Potential harm to the client was the most important concern expressed by the counselors. Ethical and research implications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)495-500
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Counseling and Development
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology


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