The Effect of Perceived Social Support on Client Attendance in Individual Therapy
Northey, Sarah Spencer
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There is an abundance of research that seeks to understand what affects client attendance in therapy. Many of the most recent studies have begun to look at how relationship factors, such as the client and therapist bond affect client retention in therapy. This study aimed to understand how perceived social support from friends and family might make an impact on client attendance. Additionally the effect of gender was observed to look at how it might moderate the effect of perceived social support on client attendance. No significant results were found to indicate that perceived social support from friends or from family has an effect on client attendance. Gender, as well, did not have a significant impact on client attendance. Future research is proposed to better understand patterns of client attendance in therapy as well as the role of social support in therapy.