Analogue investigation of the relationship between client's sex and treatment recommendations

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Investigated the effect of clients' sex on psychotherapists' treatment recommendations. 120 professional therapists read descriptions of 3 clients, each with a different presenting problem. Half of the therapists read male case descriptions; the other half read female case descriptions. The therapists rated each case on the severity of disturbance and on 6 treatment recommendations. Clients' sex influenced only one treatment recommendation. Psychologists were more likely to recommend vocational counseling for same-sex clients than for opposite-sex clients. One other sex-related finding was that more experienced therapists rated male clients as more severely disturbed than female clients. (5 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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