Individualism and Psychotherapy: Are psychologists leading or following individualistic trends?

Michael G. Tredinnick, Blaine J. Fowers

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There has been much recent concern about the promotion of individualism in psychotherapy. This study assessed whether psychologists differed in their preference for individualism from university professors and students, in terms of how they view individuals' difficulties. The 289 respondents were presented with six clinical vignettes, and chose one of the four theoretically based perspectives of the person's difficulties. There were two individualistic responses and two responses emphasizing social embeddedness and responsibility. The results indicated that there were no differences among the predominantly individualistic perspectives of the psychologists, the university professors, and evening school students. The respondents were equally individualistic with socially integrated and socially alienated clients which suggests that an individualistic bias was present in all three groups.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)303-313
Number of pages11
JournalCounselling Psychology Quarterly
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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