Mark Odell, PhD, is Assistant Professor in the Department of Counseling, Greenspun College of Urban Affairs, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV 89154.
THERAPIST AND CLIENT BEHAVIORS IN THE FIRST INTERVIEW: EFFECGTS ON SESSION IMPACT AND TREATMENT DURATION
Article first published online: 8 JUN 2007
Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
Volume 24, Issue 3, pages 369–388, July 1998
How to Cite
Odell, M. and Quinn, W. H. (1998), THERAPIST AND CLIENT BEHAVIORS IN THE FIRST INTERVIEW: EFFECGTS ON SESSION IMPACT AND TREATMENT DURATION. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 24: 369–388. doi: 10.1111/j.1752-0606.1998.tb01091.x
This study was partially funded by the 1992 AAMFT Dissertation Research Grant. The authors wish to express their appreciation to Cleveland G. Shields for his contributions to this research and or his helpful comments on an earlier version of this manuscript. The authors also wish to thank the anonymous reviewers for their helpful comments.
A version of this paper was presented at the 54th anual convention of the American Association for Marriage and family therapy, Toronto, Canada, October 1996.
- Issue published online: 8 JUN 2007
- Article first published online: 8 JUN 2007
The first-session behaviors of therapists and clients in 38 cases were observationally codes and their relations to client ratings of session impact and treatment duration were examined. Results indicated that few first-session global types of behaviors of participants affect treatment durations. Clients may suspend judgement about continuing in therapy untill after they have attended more than one session, regardless of the first inverview's impact. Thus, the first interview may be less crucial than traditionally asserted. It also appears that first-session behaviors of therapists and clients that are associated with greater impact may vary as a function of client type, that is individuals as opposed to couples and families.