Philosophical commitments and therapy approach preferences among psychotherapy trainees

Examined the role of philosophical beliefs in psychotherapy approach preference. It was hypothesized that trainees would prefer approaches that most closely correspond to their personal philosophical beliefs. 59 students were given audiotaped presentations. Three dimensions of the Ss' philosophical commitments were examined in relation to their relative preferences for 3 therapy approaches: rationalist, constructivist and behavioral. Results show that Ss tended to prefer a specific approach that most corresponded to their own ontological, epistemological and causal commitments. This suggests a role for philosophical beliefs in therapists' preferences for different theoretical orientations. 2012 APA, all rights reserved)
Keywords philosophical beliefs, rationalist vs constructivist vs behavioral psychotherapy preferences, trainee psychotherapists
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DOI 10.1037/h0091148
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