Complementary Interaction Over Time in Successful and Less Successful Supervision

Terence J. Tracey, Patrick Sherry

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Over the course of supervision, the interaction sequence was examined in 6 supervision dyads. The dyads comprised 3 supervisors each meeting with 1 successful and 1 less successful trainee. The presence of Kiesler's (in press) hypothesized high-low-high pattern of complementarity over time for successful supervision was examined. Each speaking turn was categorized into 1 of the interpersonal circumplex quadrants, and the sequence of these quadrant responses was examined using loglinear analysis. Results indicated no support for the hypothesized 3-stage model of successful supervision, but there were differences in supervisor responding to trainee hostility across outcome. Results are discussed with respect to the definition and utility of the construct of complementarity to supervision.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)304-311
Number of pages8
JournalProfessional Psychology: Research and Practice
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 1993
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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