Counseling interactions as a function of spatial-environmental conditions

Conrad Lecomte, Bianca L. Bernstein, Florent Dumont

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Investigated the effects of interpersonal distance, intensity of lighting, and time on counselor communication of affective and cognitive self-disclosure. Excerpts from initial sessions conducted by 18 counselors-in-training with 54 clients were randomly selected and rated. Results indicate significant effects of Distance on counselor concreteness and of Lighting on counselor communication of cognitive sets in the last third of the interviews. Additionally, Distance had a significant effect on counselee affective self-disclosure in the 2nd third of the interviews. (12 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)536-539
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of counseling psychology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1981
Externally publishedYes


  • interpersonal distance & lighting intensity & time, counselor communication of self disclosure & client self disclosure, counselor trainees & clients

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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