Effects of prior diagnostic information on clinicians' causal attributions of a client's problems

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63 female social welfare students listened to a taped therapy interview, and the degree to which they attributed the client's problems to personality vs situational factors was explored. Results support the hypothesis that previous tentative diagnoses result in personality-based attributions. A recency effect suggested that personality attributions may be lessened by presenting situational information after hearing the client. (3 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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