Clues to the preferences of therapy styles

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Fenster, C. Abraham
Wiedemann, Carl F.
Balkin, Joseph, 1941-

Fenster, C. A., Wiedemann, C. F., Balkin, J. (1976). Clues to the preferences of therapy styles. Multivariate Experimental Clinical Research, 2(3), 141-153.


This study examined the relationship of personality variables to the choice of a psychotherapist. 119 subjects were shown films of three prominent therapists at work with the same patient. The subjects were asked to indicate which of the three they would select if they were to choose a therapist. The subjects were given a battery of psychological tests, and personality differences relating to the choice of therapist were examined. The results suggested that intelligence and authoritarianism are relevant variables, with more intelligent, less authoritarian subjects tending to choose the therapist (Albert Ellis) who has markedly rational, problem-solving approach. The lack of additional personality differences in the findings was interpreted in terms of the weaknesses of the psychtherapy analogue employed. It is probably necessary to asses real patients choosing real therapists.

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