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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Disability bias and the therapeutic relationship
by Schlesinger, Robert M., M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2011, 74; 1493183
Abstract (Summary)

Disability bias in therapeutic relationships is examined by assessing therapists' personal and professional exposure to individuals with physical disabilities or cognitive delays, therapists' beliefs and attitudes concerning their ability to establish therapeutic relationships with individuals with cognitive delays or physical disabilities, and perceived effectiveness in producing positive treatment outcomes with those individuals. Bias was rare among the sample examined. Results varied with greater bias among therapists in terms of working with individuals with cognitive delays rather than individuals with physical disabilities. Some therapists felt under-trained or under-prepared in their ability to establish therapeutic relationships with clients with physical disabilities or cognitive delays, potentially underestimating their ability to achieve positive therapeutic outcomes. Further research is necessary to explore reasons for therapists' lack of confidence. Finally, bias in hiring individuals with disabilities or cognitive delays as potential therapists was also examined.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Powers, Kristin
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 49/05M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational psychology, Counseling Psychology
Publication Number: 1493183
ISBN: 978-1-124-62220-0
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