A and B subject-therapists' responses to videotaped schizoid and intropunitive-neurotic prototypes

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Abstract

Notes the suggestion from research that individuals classified as a's on the whitehorn-betz a-b scale have been more "effective" with schizoid or schizophrenic patient types, while b's have been more "effective" with intropunitive-neurotic patient types. An analogue experiment was conducted testing whether these compatibility conditions involved varying levels of the "therapist-offered conditions" deemed central by client-centered therapists. 20 a and 20 b volunteer undergraduate males responded "helpfully" and "naturally" at 4 points of interruption to videotaped enactments of intropunitive neurotic and schizoid patient prototypes. As hypothesized, the communication of respect and empathic understanding and the response duration of s-therapists was a joint function of their a-b status and the patient with whom they interacted. Alternative explanations of the more "compatible" dyads are discussed. (24 ref.) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)201-208
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of consulting and clinical psychology
Volume37
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1971

Keywords

  • A & B therapist's responses to videotaped schizoid & intropunitive neurotic prototypes, college students as S-therapists

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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