A COMPARISON OF SELF-LIMITED, EXTERNALLY-LIMITED AND UNLIMITED COUNSELING OR THERAPY

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Abstract

ABSTRACT

Thirty-eight students who sought counseling at a university's counseling service were randomly assigned to one of three treatment conditions: self-limited, externally-limited and unlimited. Those in the self-limited group heard a taped rationale concerning that condition and set their own upper limit while those in the externally-limited group heard a rationale and had a limit imposed. Records kept on missed sessions and dropouts favored the time-limited groups while the changes on the Psychological Screening Inventory favored the unlimited group. Clients and therapists rated all groups as equally effective. Similarity to other findings and implications for future research are discussed.

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