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January 1976

Sex-Role Related Countertransference in Psychotherapy

Author Affiliations

From the Interuniversity Psychological and Counseling Center and Department of Psychology, Vanderbilt University (Dr. Abramowitz); the Department of Psychology, George Peabody College for Teachers (Ms. Abramowitz); and Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville (Drs. Roback, Corney, and McKee).

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1976;33(1):71-73. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1976.01770010041008

• Data from one psychological and one psychiatric agency were collected to determine if psychotherapists' treatment decisions about opposite-sex persons might be influenced by sex-role prescriptions for dealing with sexual impulses. Accordingly, male therapists were hypothesized to prolong and female therapists to avoid treatment situations likely to arouse their sexual curiosities. The results at both facilities provide some support for these notions and, if generalizable, establish sex-role primed countertransference as a factor in patient selection and termination.