Verbal response mode correlates of experiencing

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This study, one in a series seeking indices of good psychotherapy process in the client's verbal behavior, compared specific verbal response mode (VRM) indices with the more global Experiencing (EXP) Scale, a measure reported to correlate with positive psychotherapy outcome. W. B. Stiles's (1978, 1979) VRM taxonomy was used to code the 90 transcribed interview segments published in the EXP manual. As predicted, the strongest VRM correlate of EXP level was the percentage of utterances that were Disclosure in form (1st person; “I”) and intent (revealing subjective experience). Results suggest that good process may be measurable on an utterance-by-utterance basis. (5 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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