Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Prospective Clients' Expectations about Videoconference Psychotherapy
by Duffy, Daniel Q., M.A., Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, 2016, 42; 10129937
Abstract (Summary)

The implementation of telecommunication technologies has allowed traditionally underserved populations to receive healthcare, including those who lack access to mental health treatment. While previous literature has found videoconference therapy (VCP) as a viable alternative to traditional face-to-face therapy for specific disorders, common therapeutic factors, such as, expectations for therapy, has been largely overlooked. Vignettes depicting either VCP or traditional therapy and a scale for expectations of the therapy provider were given to 192 mechanicalTurk participants. Significant, yet clinically insignificant results indicated lower expectations for VCP psychotherapists in their ability to establish a working relationship and respond to an emergency. While a significant difference was identified, participants rated both modalities similar and relatively high. Analysis of a qualitative statement further indicates VCP providers may have an inability to establish a human connection. Future research should identify working relationship expectancy interventions for VCP therapy.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Pomerantz, Andrew
Commitee: Pawlow, Laura, Ro, Eunyoe
School: Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
Department: Psychology
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: MAI 55/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Clinical psychology
Keywords: Expectancy, MechanicalTurk, Psychology, Psychotherapy, Videoconference, Videoconference therapy
Publication Number: 10129937
ISBN: 978-1-339-87801-0
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