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The sample was composed of 85 clinicians in training from doctoral and master's level
counseling, clinical, and clinical health psychology programs nationwide. Recruitment was
conducted by email disbursement of information through graduate coordinators at potential
participants' respective universities. No external incentive was provided to participants. All
participants were presented with a UNT Internal Review Board approved information notice that
informed them of potential risks and benefits of completing the study.
Demographic questionnaire. A demographic questionnaire (Appendix A) was given to all
participants that assessed basic demographic variables such as age, sex, ethnicity, and
religion/spirituality. The demographic questionnaire also asked questions related to participants'
theoretical orientation, approximate hours of client contact, and type of training (i.e., clinical,
counseling, clinical health).
Clinical vignette. There were two stimuli for the experimental portion of this study. Both
stimuli were information related to an individual (the Client) who was recruited from UNT
undergraduate students and given a $25 gift certificate as an incentive for her participation. A
clinical vignette was created including basic demographic information and a truncated
background history, similar to a clinical background. All participants received identical vignettes,
excepting one element; the experimental group had one line added in their vignette that read:
"Ms. X has a diagnosis of borderline personality disorder." The two versions of the vignette
served as the independent variable.
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