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Striving towards an understanding of conscious identification: its definition and its effects

Campbell, William H. and Ridge, Susan C. and Martin, David (2002) Striving towards an understanding of conscious identification: its definition and its effects. Counselling psychology quarterly, 15 (1). 91-105.. ISSN 0951-5070

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Abstract

This article describes a 4 year research study which aimed to examine the process of Conscious Identification (CI) and its effects on the counsellor, the core conditions of empathy, congruence and acceptance and the counselling relationship. The study involved three phases within which both quantitative and qualitative approaches were used. The quantitative approach incorporated survey methods including the employment of the Conscious Identification Classificatory Questionnaire (CICQ) and the Barrett-Lennard Relationship Inventory (BLRI). Qualitative methods were also used including interviews. Following the analysis of the data generated, a descriptive model of CI was developed and the constructs making up the CICQ were identified using factor analysis. Factors were identified which may affect the degree and strength of the experiencing of CI and which consequently may have an impact upon the corresponding effects on the core conditions. It is believed that as the process of CI could have a significant effect on the core conditions and the counselling relationship, this article would be of value to practising counsellors.

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