Many counselling and psychotherapy researchers are suspicious of the pronouncements of practitioners because they are not backed up by research. Similarly, practitioners tend to ignore research findings because they consider that they have little relevance to their clinical practice.

This book bridges the gap that currently exists between research and practice in counselling and psychotherapy by providing detailed clinical examples of the practical relevance of research. It brings together contributions from leading British and American psychotherapy researchers, who describe their research programmes and explore how their findings can substantially inform therapeutic practice. The book calls for the close integration of research, skills training and supervised clinical practice on training courses.

A Research Program on Attitude Change Processes and Their Applications to Counseling

A Research Program on Attitude Change Processes and Their Applications to Counseling

A research program on attitude change processes and their applications to counseling
MartinHeesacker and CristinaMejia-Millan

The purpose of this chapter is to highlight the applications to counseling of a 14-year research program on attitude change processes. This research program has explored basic attitude change processes (for example, Heesacker, Petty & Cacioppo, 1984; Petty, Cacioppo & Heesacker, 1981; Petty, Wells, Heesacker, Brock & Cacioppo, 1983), as well as the validity of Strong's (1968) early theory of counseling social influence processes (for example, Heppner & Heesacker, 1982, 1983; Heesacker and Heppner, 1983). Finally, this research program has evaluated the utility of Petty and Cacioppo's elaboration likelihood model of attitude change (1986; ELM) from conceptual (Cacioppo, Claiborn, Petty ...

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