Speaking to and about patients: Predicting therapists' tone of voice

Robert Rosenthal, Peter D. Blanck, Marsha Vannicelli

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Abstract

24 undergraduate judges rated 10 sec-2 min clips of speech to determine if the tone of voice of 21 therapists (psychologists, psychiatrists, counselors, and social workers) talking about 98 alcohol and drug abuse patients could predict the tone of voice they used to talk to the patients. Analysis showed that predictions of therapists' voice tone could be made with discriminant as well as predictive validity. Predictions were significant and of practically meaningful magnitudes. Therapists who spoke about patients in a coldly autocratic way tended to speak to patients in a coldly professional way. Therapists who spoke about patients in a warm and caring way tended to speak to these patients in a warm and honest tone of voice. (26 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)679-686
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology
Volume52
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 1984
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • drug abuse patients, prediction of tone of voice when speaking to patients, therapists
  • tone of voice in speaking about alcohol &

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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