Values have been described, from a behavioral perspective, as “freely chosen, verbally constructed consequences of ongoing, dynamic, evolving patterns of activity, which establish predominant reinforcers for that activity that are intrinsic in engagement in the valued behavioral pattern itself “ (Wilson & DuFrene, 2009). Emerging research supports the psychological benefits of interventions with a values component. However, there has been little experimental research that explores systematic methods of getting participants and psychotherapy clients to identify their values. This study evaluated four methods of identifying values by comparing within-subject ratings of participant-generated values stimuli. Participants were undergraduate students at the University of Mississippi (N=68). The data suggest that having the participants choose from a list of presented values is an effective and simple preparation for values identification.
|Advisor:||Wilson, Kelly G.|
|Commitee:||Gross, Alan M., Kelum, Karen K.|
|School:||The University of Mississippi|
|School Location:||United States -- Mississippi|
|Source:||MAI 56/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Behavioral psychology, Clinical psychology|
|Keywords:||Behavior analysis, Psychotherapy, Values|
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