Discrepant role expectations and interviewee behavior: A reply to Pope, Siegman, Blass, and Cheek

Robert K. Klepac, Horace A. Page

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In a previous study, B. Pope, et al (see record 1973-21581-001) concluded that exposing a person to interviewer behavior that is incongruent with that person..s expectations creates "strain" and disruption in the interview, which is manifest in several ways including decreases in verbal productivity. In the present study with 48 undergraduates differences were found in verbal productivity due to the Ss' expectations of a directive or nondirective therapist, but confirming or disconfirming such expectations had no effect. In light of these data, the findings of Pope, et al are reexamined. The generality of their conclusions is questioned, along with the utility of such global concepts as "strain" and (unspecified) "expectations." (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)139-141
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of consulting and clinical psychology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1 1974



  • exposing individual to interviewer behavior trials incongruent with person..s expectations, stress &
  • verbal productivity, college students, reply to B. Pope study

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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