Thesis - Open Access
Master of Science (MS)
Department / School
Communication Studies and Theatre
Communication is essential to a successful patient-provider interaction. Within health communication literature, a substantial body of research has focused on verbal communication; however, few studies have fully dedicated to nonverbal communication research. The study examined the relationship between perceptions of client nonverbal immediacy and ratings of the therapeutic alliance. Additionally, the study provided an analysis comparing counselor and client ratings of both client nonverbal immediacy and the therapeutic alliance. Results indicated a significant relationship between counselor ratings of client nonverbal immediacy and counselor ratings of the therapeutic alliance. Counselors and clients also rated client nonverbal immediacy similarly, indicating that the counselors are aware of their client’s behavior. Counselors and clients also rated the therapeutic alliance similarly.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Counseling in higher education
Counselor and client
Includes bibliographical references (pages 78-88)
Number of Pages
South Dakota State University
In Copyright - Non-Commercial Use Permitted
Kleinjan, Valerie, "The Relationship Between Nonverbal Immediacy and Therapeutic Alliance in Higher Education Client-Counselor Interactions" (2014). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1565.