International Journal of Psychology and Psychological Therapy

Volume 10 Num. 2 - June 2010


Therapist?s Theoretical Orientation and Patients? Narrative Production. Rogers, Lazarus, Shostrom and Cathy Revisited

Volume 10 Num. 2 - June 2010 - Pages 227-244


Paulo Moreira , ?scar F. Gon?alves


This study aimed to explore the infuence of the therapist?s theoretical orientation on patient?s narrative production. Cathy?s therapeutic narratives with Carl Rogers, Arnold Lazarus and Everett Shostrom were analyzed in terms of three narrative dimensions: struc-tural coherence, process complexity and content multiplicity. Results showed statistically signifcant differences in scores of Cathy?s total narrative production depending on the therapist she was interacting with. Process complexity was the only narrative dimension that registered statistically signifcant differences between the three therapists. Compa-rison between the three therapists showed statistically signifcant differences between Rogers and Shostrom but neither between Rogers and Lazarus nor between Lazarus and Shostrom. Cathy?s highest narrative production scores were obtained with Carl Rogers. Results suggest that the therapist?s theoretical orientation infuences the patient?s narrative production in psychotherapy.

Key words:

narrative production, psychotherapy process research, therapist theoretical orientation, therapist factors

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