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(p. 421) Emotional Expression 

(p. 421) Emotional Expression
(p. 421) Emotional Expression

Paul R. Peluso

and Robert R. Freund

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date: 05 May 2021

Although emotion has long been considered important to psychotherapeutic process, empirical assessment of its impact has emerged only recently. This chapter reports two meta-analyses on the association between therapist expression of emotion and psychotherapy outcome and client expression of emotion and psychotherapy outcome. A significant medium effect size was found between impact of therapist emotional expression and outcomes (d = 0.56, 13 studies) and a significant medium-to-large effect size client emotional expression and outcomes (d = 0.85, 43 studies). Third-party rating of emotional expression emerged as a significant moderator of outcomes. Limitations of the research, diversity considerations, and therapeutic practices conclude the chapter.

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