The impact of interpersonal style and interpersonal complementarity on the therapeutic alliance between therapists and offenders in sex offender treatment

Watson, R, Daffern, M and Thomas, S 2017, 'The impact of interpersonal style and interpersonal complementarity on the therapeutic alliance between therapists and offenders in sex offender treatment', Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, vol. 29, no. 2, pp. 107-127.


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Title The impact of interpersonal style and interpersonal complementarity on the therapeutic alliance between therapists and offenders in sex offender treatment
Author(s) Watson, R
Daffern, M
Thomas, S
Year 2017
Journal name Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment
Volume number 29
Issue number 2
Start page 107
End page 127
Total pages 21
Publisher Sage Publications
Abstract Therapist and treatment process variables affect the effectiveness of offender rehabilitation programs. This study examined the influence of therapists' and offenders' interpersonal styles (IPSs) and interpersonal complementarity on therapeutic alliance (TA). Seventy-five sex offenders and their therapists evaluated each other's IPSs and the TA after 3 weeks of treatment. Offenders evaluated the TA more positively than therapists. Regarding the impact of IPS, therapist affiliation was positively correlated and therapist control was negatively correlated with offenders' ratings of the TA; in other words, offenders evaluated the TA more strongly when therapists were perceived as affiliative, and weaker when therapists were viewed as controlling. Offender affiliation was positively correlated with therapists' ratings of TA; in other words, therapists evaluated the TA more strongly when offenders were viewed as more affiliative; perceptions of offender control were unrelated to offenders' ratings of TA. Complementarity in IPS between offenders and therapists did not affect TA.
Subject Clinical Sciences not elsewhere classified
Criminology not elsewhere classified
Psychology not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) therapeutic alliance
interpersonal style
complementarity
sexual offender
treatment process
DOI - identifier 10.1177/1079063215580969
Copyright notice © The Author(s) 2015
ISSN 1079-0632
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