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Client-centred therapeutic relationship conditions and authenticity: a prospective study

Bayliss-Conway, Cecelia; Price, Sue; Murphy, David; Joseph, Stephen


Cecelia Bayliss-Conway

Assistant Professor in Counselling


The aim was to investigate the association between experiencing a therapeutic relationship and subsequent authenticity. Forty-six clients completed the Barrett-Lennard Relationship Inventory (B-LRI, 1968), Relational Depth Inventory (RDI, Wiggins, Elliott, & Cooper, 2012), a measure of the therapeutic alliance (ARM-5, Agnew-Davies et al, 1998) and the Authenticity Scale (AS: Wood et al, 2008) at intervals over ten therapy sessions. Higher scores on the B-LRI at sessions three, five and ten were associated with an increase in authenticity over the ten sessions. These results provide some initial evidence in support of Rogers’ (1957) theory that it is the conditions of the therapeutic relationship that leads to greater authenticity.


Bayliss-Conway, C., Price, S., Murphy, D., & Joseph, S. (2020). Client-centred therapeutic relationship conditions and authenticity: a prospective study. British Journal of Guidance and Counselling, 1-11.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 11, 2020
Online Publication Date Apr 28, 2020
Publication Date Apr 28, 2020
Deposit Date Apr 17, 2020
Publicly Available Date Apr 29, 2021
Journal British Journal of Guidance and Counselling
Print ISSN 0306-9885
Electronic ISSN 1469-3534
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Pages 1-11
Keywords Positive Psychology; Authenticity Scale; Relational Depth Inventory; Barrett-Lennard Relationship Inventory; Therapeutic Alliance
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Additional Information Peer Review Statement: The publishing and review policy for this title is described in its Aims & Scope.; Aim & Scope: http://www.tandfonline....ope&journalCode=cbjg20; Received: 2019-08-08; Revised: 2020-02-06; Accepted: 2020-04-11; Published: 2020-04-28