The effect of counselor touch in an initial counseling session

Mark A. Hubble, Frank C. Noble, Sharon Kurpius

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Abstract

32 17-25 yr old female clients were determined to be either field independent or dependent, using the Group Embedded Figures Test. During a counseling session in which vocational interest in teaching was discussed, Ss received 1 of 2 conditions. Ss in the touch condition received a total of 6 touches; Ss in the no-touch condition were not touched. After the session, Ss completed the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory, Self-Disclosure Questionnaire, and Counselor Rating Form. Ratings were also made of Ss' statements during the interview for actual self-disclosure. Results indicate that counselors were perceived as significantly more expert when they touched than when they did not. (12 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)533-535
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Counseling Psychology
Volume28
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1981

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Keywords

  • field independence vs dependence & touching vs no touching from counselor during initial counseling session, anxiety & self disclosure & ratings of counselor expertise, 17-25 yr old female clients

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  • Social Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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The effect of counselor touch in an initial counseling session. / Hubble, Mark A.; Noble, Frank C.; Kurpius, Sharon.

In: Journal of Counseling Psychology, Vol. 28, No. 6, 11.1981, p. 533-535.

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Hubble, Mark A. ; Noble, Frank C. ; Kurpius, Sharon. / The effect of counselor touch in an initial counseling session. In: Journal of Counseling Psychology. 1981 ; Vol. 28, No. 6. pp. 533-535.
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