The Childs Conception Of Confidentiality In The Therapeutic Relationship
39 6–15 yr olds who were involved in individual counseling at a comprehensive community mental health center were interviewed using a questionnaire designed to assess their conception of confidentiality in the counseling experience. A significant main effect for age was found. Four variables were examined as potential predictors of S's confidentiality score. Two of the variables, which involved Ss' perception of the maintenance or violation of their confidentiality in either a past or current counseling experience, were significantly related to their overall confidentiality score. Results suggest that children gradually evolve a conception of confidentiality consistent with professional guidelines. The importance of an atmosphere of trust in the counseling relationship and the child's perception of the actual maintenance of trust in his/her own counseling experience are emphasized.
Psychotherapy-Theory Research and Practice
Messenger, Charlene B. and McGuire, John M., "The Childs Conception Of Confidentiality In The Therapeutic Relationship" (1981). Faculty Bibliography 1980s. 103.