The Effects of an Educational CD-ROM on Expectations and Fears about Therapy

by Fende, Jennifer

Abstract (Summary)
Literature has consistently supported educating clients about therapy prior to their first session. A CD-ROM program was developed by incorporating general knowledge about therapy with re-enacted therapy sessions in an interactive format. Ninety undergraduates at a Midwestern school participated in this two-part study, and were asked to simulate the role of clients about to see a therapist for the first time. Block randomization was used to assign thirty participants to each of the three groups: the CD-ROM group, an information-only group, and a no-treatment control group. Results indicate that the CD-ROM decreased the amount of anxiety associated with therapy, and changed expectations about client roles and the process and outcome of therapy for the better when re-assessed two days after the intervention. Future research will focus on altering the CD-ROM so that it may encompass a greater number of expectations, and will aim to test these hypotheses with actual clients.
Bibliographical Information:


School:Ohio University

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:expectations fears educational cd rom preparation role induction analogue study


Date of Publication:01/01/2004

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