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Title: The therapeutic alliance with involuntary clients: how does it work?
Authors: Sotero, Luciana 
Major, Sofia 
Escudero, Valentín 
Relvas, Ana Paula 
Keywords: Therapeutic alliance; Involuntary clients; Family therapy; SOFTA
Issue Date: Feb-2016
Publisher: Wiley
Serial title, monograph or event: Journal of Family Therapy
Volume: 38
Issue: 1
Abstract: This study aimed to compare involuntary and voluntary clients in the establishment of the therapeutic alliance in the context of family therapy. The system for observing family therapy alliances was used to rate the alliance in sessions 1 and 4 from videotapes of 40 families seen in brief family therapy. This instrument has four alliance dimensions. In the first session, results showed that the clients who sought therapy voluntarily demonstrated more alliance-related behaviour than did involuntary clients in all alliance dimensions. In the fourth session, however, only the Engagement dimension showed group differences. Notably, there also were group differences in the evolution of the alliance from the first to the fourth session in the Safety dimension, with the voluntary clients developing this dimension more negatively. The results are discussed in terms of the specific characteristics of involuntary clients, as well as the implications for practice.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10316/36363
ISSN: 0163-4445
1467-6427
DOI: 10.1111/1467-6427.12046
10.1111/1467-6427.12046
Rights: openAccess
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