The contribution of the counselor-client working alliance to career exploration

Julia Elad-Strenger, Hadassah Littman-Ovadia

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This longitudinal study examines the effects of Israeli counselors' and clients' ratings of their working alliance on clients' career exploration (CE), using a sample of 94 three-session career counseling processes. Results reveal that both clients' and counselors' working alliance ratings increased over time; yet, clients' ratings remained constantly above counselors' ratings. Results also suggest that clients' working alliance ratings are a better predictor of clients' CE than counselors' ratings. Implications for career counseling are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)140-153
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Career Assessment
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 2012


  • Career counseling
  • Career exploration
  • Longitudinal study
  • Short-term counseling
  • Working alliance


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