Influence of talking level on perceptions of counselors

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Abstract

Conducted 2 experiments in which 60 graduate counseling students (Exp I) and 180 undergraduates (Exp II) evaluated content-filtered stimulus tapes of “counseling sessions” with male and female counselors engaging in low, medium, or high levels of talking. Optimal levels of talking were specified by 50 additional undergraduates. Counselors with low amounts of talking were evaluated most favorably on a linking dimension, and counselors with high amounts of talking were evaluated most strongly on a domineering dimension. Results show no significant effects for S or counselor sex. Undergraduate Ss were somewhat more favorable in their evaluations than counseling students. Suggestions are given for an attributional analysis of counselor talking behavior. (40 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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