1993．第2卷第1期（Vol. 2 No. 1）．pp. 2534
The Relationship of Client-Counsellor Similarity in Locus of Control and Attributional Style to Continuation in Counselling
Zion P. LAW
The research investigated the similarity model of client- counsellor pairings in relation to counselling continuation. Results indicated that counselling continuation was not significantly correlated with their demographic characteristics, locus of control and counselling expectation, but their attributional styles: (a) the clients who attributed negative events to internal-stable-global causes, tended to continue the counselling; whereas those who attributed to extemal-unstable-specific causes tended to discontinue the counselling prematurely; (b) when both counsellors and clients attributed positive events to extemal- unstable-specific causes, the counselling was discontinued prematurely, (c) however, when either one or both parties of clientcounsellor pairings attributed positive events to intemal-stable-global causes, the counselling was continued. It supported partially both similarity and complementarity models in one way or another, advancing our understanding of the complexity of counselling continuation. Applications to Attributional Therapy and suggestions for future studies were also discussed.