Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)
This is a descriptive study of the relationship between gender of therapist and the effectiveness of behavioral treatment with agoraphobics. Participants for this study included fifty-six clients (28 males and 28 females) divided into matching pairs (male and female), 20 pairs were assigned to female therapists and 8 pairs were assigned to male therapists. Client progress was measured pre and post treatment with the Fear Questionnaire and Beck Depression Inventory.;Results indicate that male and female clients progress equally well in behavioral treatment for agoraphobia. However, gender of therapist significantly impacts on progress; male and female pairs progressed significantly more with female therapists than pairs assigned to male therapists. It is possible that preferred traits in counselors based on cultural stereotypes may influence client perceptions of behavioral therapists and thus influence treatment outcome.
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Tiffany, Linda Williamson, "The effect of therapist's gender on outcome of behavioral treatment with agoraphobics" (1987). Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects. Paper 1539618761.