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Nancy Koroloff

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Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work




Therapist and patient; Expectation (Psychology); Sex role



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75 Pages


This practicum intends to explore the existence and nature of male client expectations of female therapists. The underlying assumptions of this study include: (1) clients have expectations; (2) sex roles exist in society; and (3) the sex of either the therapist or the client is a variable in the therapeutic situation.

To carry out this study it is necessary to pursue the following tasks. The first step will be to define possible client expectations of therapists. Using this information, a questionnaire will be developed to verify the existence of these expectations. In addition, the questionnaire will hopefully indicate whether these expectations vary according to the sex of the therapist and whether these expectations vary with the sex of the client. The intention of this study is to yield data that will allow for conclusions regarding sex as a variable affecting client expectations, specifically male client expectations of female therapists.


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A practicum submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Social Work, Portland State University, 1976.

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