alexa The perception of empathy in alcoholism counselors.
Psychiatry

Psychiatry

Journal of Addiction Research & Therapy

Author(s): Kirk WG, Best JB, Irwin P

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Abstract Alcoholic inpatients evaluated the level of empathy demonstrated by a purported alcoholism counselor. Forty-two detoxified subjects viewed a 15-min videotape of a simulated alcoholism counseling session. Subjects had been randomly assigned to one of two groups: Group 1 was told that the counselor they were about to see was a recovering alcoholic whose empathy they were to evaluate. The subjects in Group 2 were given the same instructions; however, the information concerning the counselor's drinking history was omitted. A form of the Barrett-Lennard Relationship Inventory (BLRI) was administered immediately after the viewing. No statistical differences between group means on the empathy subscale of the BLRI were found. This finding does not support the contention that a history of drinking and rehabilitation enhances the perception of counselor empathy among alcoholics.
This article was published in J Stud Alcohol and referenced in Journal of Addiction Research & Therapy

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