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Coaches’ views on differences in treatment style for male and female clients.

Barry, JA; Russ, S; Ellam-Dyson, V; Seager, M; (2015) Coaches’ views on differences in treatment style for male and female clients. New Male Studies , 4 (3) pp. 75-92. Green open access

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Abstract

Men are generally more reluctant than women to seek psychological help, perhaps because of negative preconceptions about therapy. We interviewed 20 life coaches to find out whether they had seen gender differences in expectations and outcomes regarding coaching in their male and female clients. Analysis of the interviews, using the grounded theory method, revealed that although almost all coaches described gender differences in help seeking and treatment preferences in their clients, most coaches demonstrated ambivalence about describing such gender differences. Findings are discussed both in terms of cognitive dissonance theory, and in terms of the beta bias hindering the recognition of gender differences. These findings have implications for how coaches (and psychotherapists, psychologists etc) can improve the delivery of their therapy.

Type: Article
Title: Coaches’ views on differences in treatment style for male and female clients.
Location: Australia
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://www.newmalestudies.com/
Language: English
Additional information: © 2015 Australian Institute of Male Health and Studies. This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.
Keywords: Gender, coaching, generalisation, cognitive dissonance, beta bias
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Clinical, Edu and Hlth Psychology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1475712
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