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Therapist self-disclosure and the therapeutic alliance in the treatment of eating problems

Simonds, LM and Spokes, N (2016) Therapist self-disclosure and the therapeutic alliance in the treatment of eating problems Eating Disorders. pp. 1-14.

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Abstract

Evidence is mixed regarding the potential utility of therapist self-disclosure. The current study modelled relationships between perceived helpfulness of therapist self-disclosures, therapeutic alliance, patient non-disclosure, and shame in participants (n=120; 95% women) with a history of eating problems. Serial multiple mediator analyses provided support for a putative model connecting the perceived helpfulness of therapist self-disclosures with current eating disorder symptom severity through therapeutic alliance, patient self-disclosure and shame. The analyses presented provide support for the contention that therapist self-disclosure, if perceived as helpful, might strengthen the therapeutic alliance. A strong therapeutic alliance, in turn, has the potential to promote patient disclosure and reduce shame and eating problems.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : Psychology
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
AuthorsEmailORCID
Simonds, LMUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Spokes, NUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 6 January 2016
Identification Number : https://doi.org/10.1080/10640266.2016.1269557
Copyright Disclaimer : This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Eating Disorders on 6 Jan 2017, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/10640266.2016.1269557
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Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 28 Nov 2016 13:01
Last Modified : 25 Jan 2017 15:30
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/812967

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