Gender self-confidence and social influence: Impact on working alliance

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Abstract

The authors investigated the relationships between the counselor's gender self-confidence, the counselor's use of social influence within the counseling session, and the counselor's sex in relation to the counseling relationship. These attributes were studied with regard to how deeply a therapeutic working alliance developed between the counselor and the client. Results support the importance of counselor characteristics on the counselor-client alliance. Implications for teaching, research, and practice are presented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)280-288
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Counseling and Development
Volume93
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2015

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Keywords

  • counselor characteristics
  • gender
  • sex
  • social influence
  • working alliance

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