Relationships among therapist empathy and authoritarianism and a therapist's prognosis

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Administered the Rokeach Dogmatism Scale (Form E), the Hogan Empathy Scale, and a therapy prognosis scale to 25 therapists (PhD psychologists). A positive relationship was found between therapist empathy and the prognosis variables dealing with perception of degree of disturbance and overall prognosis. Multiple regression analysis revealed that (a) empathy, number of years of experience, and age (in that order) are of greatest importance in predicting a therapist's perception of degree of disturbance of an individual; and (b) empathy and number of years of experience (in that order) are most important in predicting a therapist's overall prognosis for an individual. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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