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Studies

Gurman (1972): study US 1970

Publication

Author(s):
Gurman, A.S.
Title:
Therapists' Mood Patterns and Therapeutic Facilitativeness.
Source:
Journal of Counseling Psychology, 1972, Vol. 19, 169 -170

Investigation

Public:
Student psychotherapists, Columbia University, USA, 1970
Sample:
Respondents:
N = 12
Non Response:
-
Assessment:
Content analysis
Content analysis of psychotherapy sessions and structured questionnaire.

Happiness Measure(s) and Distributional Findings

Full text:
Selfreport on single question, answered every evening before retiring during six weeks (experience sampling)

"On average;  how elated or depressed,  happy or unhappy you felt today....?
10  Complete elation, rapturous joy and soaring ecstasy
9    Very elated and in very high spirits.   Tremendous
      delight and buoyancy
8    Elated and in high spirits
7    Feeling very good and cheerful
6    Feeling pretty good , "OK"
5    Feeling a little bit low. Just so-so
4    Spirits low and somewhat 'blue'
3    Depressed and feeling very low.
      Definitely 'blue'
2    Tremendously depressed.
      Feeling terrible, really miserable, "just awful"
1    Utter depression and gloom. Completely down.
      All is black and leaden. Wish it were all over.

Name:  Wessman & Ricks'  `Elation - depression scale'
Classification:
A-ARE-md-sqr-v-10-b
Author's label:
Elation.

Correlational Findings

Author's label Subject Description Finding Therapist's functioning PERSONALITY: CURRENT TRAITS
Behavior of therapist