Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Should Psychotherapists Disclose Their Religion and Religiosity to Clients?
by Muzzarelli, Toni, M.A., Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, 2018, 56; 10807788
Abstract (Summary)

Very little research has analyzed the conjunction of religion and self-disclosure. Following the previous research conducted by Gregory II, Pomerantz, Pettibone, and Segrist (2008), in which results showed that participants were more willing to seek treatment from a psychologist who identified with one of three major religions (Christianity, Islam, and Judaism), as opposed to a psychologist who identified as an atheist, this study also aimed to focus on the impact of a therapist’s religion on prospective clients. While remaining true to the previous study, this experiment not only looked to expose the client’s preference towards therapists’ religion, it equally accounted for the degree of devotion to said religion influencing the client’s choice of therapy. Results concluded that different from that of the Gregory et al., (2008) study, participants were just as willing to seek treatment from a psychologist who identified as atheist as they were from a psychologist who identified with one of the three major religions, regardless of participant religiosity or the religiosity of the therapist. Implications of these findings suggest that regardless of psychologists’ religion or religiosity, self-disclosure of such is of no significance.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Pomerantz, Andrew
Commitee: Pettibone, Jonathan, Segrist, Daniel
School: Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
Department: Clinical Psychology
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: MAI 57/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Religion, Psychology, Clinical psychology
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Publication Number: 10807788
ISBN: 9780438009417
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