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evocative. The implementation of vignette only groups and groups presented with a transcript
and not a video could also address concerns about the effects of extreme Client behavior. Context
conditions should be re-examined and better defined. The concept of context in psychotherapy is
much broader than was captured by the experimental design of this study.
Future research in this area should include additional measures of some key constructs
that were not included in the present study. Including direct measures of stigma, both self-report
and even physiological ones, could help to clarify the relationship between dispositional
attributions and stigma. To take it to the next step, taking this research out of the confines of the
laboratory and into the "real world", where actual therapeutic outcomes- rapport/working
alliance and quality of life/symptom reduction- could be assessed alongside development and
changes in attributions by a therapist towards a client would be fascinating. Furthermore,
considering the relevance of stigma-specific measures in such a clinical outcome design could be
illuminating when considered in the context of different theoretical orientations.
Undertaking further inquiry in these directions is necessary to better serve the people that
applied psychology intends to serve. The diagnostic system as it is has many reasons to be
questioned. So many in fact, that the point has received direct attention from the organizers of
the new DSM- V who have taken great lengths to re-organize and re-orient psychiatric diagnostics
with some broad changes in conceptualization. Bias has been shown to exist from psychological
health providers towards clients and the labels we use can cause problems. When we consider the
consequences of allowing choice words to undermine the uniqueness of our clients' experiences,
it should be quite clear that continued pursuit in understanding and undermining stigmatizing
responses by clinicians is of the utmost importance.
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