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Zur Funktion der nonverbalen Stimmungsmodulation des Therapeuten für den Therapieprozess und Sitzungserfolg: Eine Pilotstudie


Znoj, Hansjörg; Flückiger, Christoph (2009). Zur Funktion der nonverbalen Stimmungsmodulation des Therapeuten für den Therapieprozess und Sitzungserfolg: Eine Pilotstudie. Zeitschrift für Klinische Psychologie und Psychotherapie, 38(1):4-12.

Abstract

Theoretical background: Nonverbal modulation in the therapist-patient interaction has increasingly been conceptualized as emotion-specific in recent years.
Objective: To what extent and how do therapists regulate their patients’ mood in an emotion-specific way and what impact does such a non-verbal modulation have on the session outcome?
Method: We used the Emotion-Rating-Inventory II (EMORATE-II) to investigate 84 sessions of cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy at the beginning of therapy in terms of nonverbal and conceptual (Gross, 2007) emotion modulation. This video-based rating system allows the investigation of emotion modulation behavior within the psychotherapeutic process.
Results: Therapists regulate the mood of their patients both nonverbally and conceptually. The most significant result was related to the nonverbal modulation of the therapist. Nonverbal modulation is defined as a counter-modulation of tense mood and support of positive mood.
Conclusion: Nonverbal emotion modulation to influence patient’s mood is a significant predictor of the session outcome. This regulatory activity of the therapist is emotion specific.

Theoretical background: Nonverbal modulation in the therapist-patient interaction has increasingly been conceptualized as emotion-specific in recent years.
Objective: To what extent and how do therapists regulate their patients’ mood in an emotion-specific way and what impact does such a non-verbal modulation have on the session outcome?
Method: We used the Emotion-Rating-Inventory II (EMORATE-II) to investigate 84 sessions of cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy at the beginning of therapy in terms of nonverbal and conceptual (Gross, 2007) emotion modulation. This video-based rating system allows the investigation of emotion modulation behavior within the psychotherapeutic process.
Results: Therapists regulate the mood of their patients both nonverbally and conceptually. The most significant result was related to the nonverbal modulation of the therapist. Nonverbal modulation is defined as a counter-modulation of tense mood and support of positive mood.
Conclusion: Nonverbal emotion modulation to influence patient’s mood is a significant predictor of the session outcome. This regulatory activity of the therapist is emotion specific.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Psychology
Dewey Decimal Classification:150 Psychology
Language:English
Date:2009
Deposited On:17 Dec 2013 11:43
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 17:16
Publisher:Hogrefe & Huber
ISSN:1616-3443
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1026/1616-3443.38.1.4

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