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Patient preferences for psychological counsellors: evidence of a similarity effect

Furnham, Adrian and Swami, Viren (2008) Patient preferences for psychological counsellors: evidence of a similarity effect. Counselling Psychology Quarterly, 21 (4). pp. 361-370. ISSN 0951-5070

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09515070802602146


This study sought to examine the individual difference variables that affect potential patient preferences for hypothetical psychological counsellors. A representative British sample of 257 adults indicated their preferences for eight psychological counsellors differentiated by sex, age, and training location. A five-way mixed analysis of variance (participant sex and age as within variables, and counsellor sex, age, ethnicity as between variables) indicated a significant main effect for only counsellors' ethnicity. There were also sex and age interactions showing evidence of a matching hypothesis: participants preferred counsellors of their own sex and age. The implications of these findings are considered.

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Research Community:University of Westminster > Social Sciences, Humanities and Languages, School of
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Deposited On:06 May 2009 09:30
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