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Counselor Humor and the Working Relationship

Abstract While there is an extensive literature on the theoretical and anecdotal basis of

humor being a key aspect of psychotherapy, there is relatively little research. In this study, I addressed whether the frequency of therapist humor is related to subsequent therapeutic alliance ratings by the client. I also examined if therapist humor use is related to improvement in client symptomology. I hypothesized that there will be a positive correlation between humor use and the working alliance while there will be a negative correlation between humor use and client symptomology. Video recordings of therapy sessions were coded for humor (defined by laughter present in response to the therapist) or no humor (laughter not present). These ratings were corr... (more)
Created Date 2019
Contributor Cheung, Ryan Cheuk Ming (Author) / Tracey, Terence J (Advisor) / Bludworth, Jamie L (Committee member) / Kinnier, Richard T (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Counseling psychology / Therapy / Psychology / counseling / humor / relationship / therapy / working alliance
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 71 pages
Language English
Note Masters Thesis Counseling 2019
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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