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Does Self-image Matter? Client´s Self-image, Behaviour and Evaluation of Career Counselling Session: An Exploratory Study
Umeå University, Faculty of Teacher Education, Child and Youth Education, Special Education, and Counselling.
Faculty of Social Sciences, Psychology.
2008 (English)In: International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling, ISSN 0165-0653, Vol. 30, no 3, 189-201 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This exploratory study addresses differences in self-image as a client characteristic in career counselling by using the Structural Analysis of Social Behaviour (Benjamin, L., Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 64(6), 1203–1212, 1996; Benjamin, L., Journal of Personality Assessment, 66(2), 248–266, 1996) and an adaptation (Andersson, W.P, and Niles, S.P., The Career Development Quarterly, 48(3), 251–263, 2000) of the Therapist Intention List (Hill C. E and O’Grady K. E., Journal of Counseling Psychology, 32(1), 3–22, 1985; Hill et al., Journal of Counseling Psychology, 35(3), 222–233, 1988). Expected and experienced behaviour of self and other, recalled helpful and non-helpful events during sessions, and evaluation of sessions were compared between two clients with identified positive self-image and two clients with identified negative self-image. The results indicated that the clients with a positive self-image compared to clients with a negative self-image expected more positive behaviours and experienced more positive in-session behaviours from both themselves and from the counsellor; they recalled more positive and fewer negative events in-session and they evaluated their session more positively. Implications for career counselling are discussed.

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2008. Vol. 30, no 3, 189-201 p.
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Career counselling, Self-image, SASB, Critical incident technique, Expected and experienced behaviour - Session evaluation
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-10491DOI: doi:10.1007/s10447-008-9057-xOAI: diva2:150162
Available from: 2008-10-02 Created: 2008-10-02 Last updated: 2011-01-10Bibliographically approved

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