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This study investigated the effects of emphasizing religious values above clinical skills and the effects of sexist language on therapist perception. One hundred fifteen adults in a continuing education program completed a questionnaire after reading one of four possible quotes allegedly from a psychotherapist. Those quotes emphasizing religious values over clinical skills produced higher ratings of likability, trustworthiness, and approachability in the therapist. However, there was an interaction effect with those who were nonreligious preferring the therapist who valued clinical ski lls above religious values. No significant effects were found between groups reading quotes with and without sexist language. Implications of the findings are discussed.


Originally published in the Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 10, 132-136.

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