Therapists' in-session experiences of common events as related to theoretical orientation

Stephen S. Nasuta (1997)

This research examines whether a therapist's experience of certain common events in the clinical setting can be correlated with theoretical orientation. 500 questionnaires were sent to a randomized address list of doctoral level therapists who were asked to report on their theoretical orientation and their experience of the events in question. Analysis of the data addressed three different questions through the application of appropriate correlation statistics: (1) Are there differences between Psychoanalytically vs. Non-Psychoanalytically oriented therapists regarding their reported experiences? (t test); (2) Are their differences between five different theoretical orientations regarding their reported experiences? (ANOVA); (3) Is degree of adherence to a particular orientation predictive of reported experiences? (Multiple Linear Regression). Significant differences were found in certain specific areas of reported experience according to orientation in all three areas. Caution was necessary in drawing conclusions from this outcome due to the slight degree of the differences, and the lack of knowledge of other factors which may have accounted for the differences.