Social representation of therapeutic relationship among cognitive-behavioral psychotherapists.

Omar Carlo Gioacchino Gelo, Roberto Ziglio, Stefania Armenio, Francesco Fattori, Maura Pozzi

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The present study investigates the content and structure of the social representation (SR) that cognitive– behavioral (CBT) psychotherapists have of the therapeutic relationship (TR), through a discoveryoriented, mixed-methods approach. For this purpose, our reference point was social representation theory, in particular, the theory of the central nucleus (Abric, 2003; Moscovici, 1961). Data came from a sample of 63 CBT therapists. The results enabled us to identify a series of contents marking CBTs SR of the TR that overlap with the current pan-theoretical conceptualization of this construct. The results also allowed us to identify the complex, clear, and stratified organization of these contents, which are characteristics of a majority and of a minority of the sample studied. These results are discussed with regard of their theoretical, methodological, and practical implications.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)42-56
Numero di pagine15
RivistaJournal of Counseling Psychology
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2016


  • social representation
  • therapeutic relationship


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