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Meaning profiles and the perception of the working alliance at the start of outpatient person‐centered, experiential, and existential psychotherapies
Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6231-8477
Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, Research Unit of School Psychology and Development in Context, KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium.
Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, Research Group Clinical Psychology, KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium.
2021 (English)In: Journal of Clinical Psychology, ISSN 0021-9762, E-ISSN 1097-4679, Vol. 77, no 3, p. 770-781Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objective(s): Quantitative research on meaning in life in the context of psychotherapy is relatively limited. The current study aims to investigate the profiles of the meaning of clients and their perception of the working alliance and initial symptomatology at the start of therapy.

Design: In a sample of 145 clients (62.1% female; mean age, 34.77) who started person‐centered psychotherapy, the relationship between meaning, search for meaning, symptomatology, and the working alliance was analyzed. The assessment took place after the second session.

Results: Cluster analysis revealed four profiles: Low Presence High Search, High Presence Low Search, High Presence High Search, and Low Presence Low Search. These meaning profiles are distinguished in terms of symptomatology but not in terms of the working alliance perception. However, the experience of meaning is significantly associated with the working alliance.

Conclusions: Results show the relevance of meaning‐related questions for certain groups of clients at the start of therapy.

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John Wiley & Sons, 2021. Vol. 77, no 3, p. 770-781
Keywords [en]
alliance/therapeutic alliance, meaning, psychotherapy, search for meaning, therapeutic relationship
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-85896DOI: 10.1002/jclp.23057ISI: 000568956700001PubMedID: 32926757Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85090945332OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-85896DiVA, id: diva2:1469957
Available from: 2020-09-23 Created: 2020-09-23 Last updated: 2021-12-07Bibliographically approved

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