Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Understanding meaningful involvement in reality therapy and choice theory in the context of empathy research
by Legorburu, Noel, Ed.D., Argosy University/San Francisco Bay Area, 2013, 176; 3578096
Abstract (Summary)

Lack of common vocabulary has been an obstacle to the psychotherapy integration movement. This deficit has been particularly significant in the research on the psychotherapy relationship. The concept of meaningful involvement is central to the practice of reality therapy, a practice model developed by William Glasser, MD, which has not been studied extensively. The purpose of the present study was to contribute to a common vocabulary for psychotherapy integration and to clarify the definition of meaningful involvement. The selected research methodology was the framework method of narrative analysis coupled with the use of AnSWR, a computer-assisted data management and analysis tool. This methodology was applied to a written text, Counseling with Choice Theory: The New Reality Therapy. Results from the current study indicated that patterns of communication were most consistent with an instructional stance. These results were consistent with the instructional nature of reality therapy of psychotherapy, yet were not consistent with Glasser’s focus on the therapeutic relationship as the central element of this school of psychotherapy. Further study is recommended on meaningful involvement within reality therapy in future research with data that allows for observation of nuances of communication, such as body language and tone of voice, is recommended to address this inconsistency.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Bennett, Virginia
Commitee: Chapman, Russell, Leedy, Alexandra
School: Argosy University/San Francisco Bay Area
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-B 75/05(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Counseling Psychology, Cognitive psychology
Keywords: Choice theory, Cognitive empathy, Empathy and empathic response, Glasser, William, Meaningful involvement, Psychotherapy, Reality therapy
Publication Number: 3578096
ISBN: 978-1-303-69073-0
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