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Relationship management by means of solution-oriented questions in German psychodiagnostic interviews

  • The article addresses Solution-Oriented Questions (SOQs) as an interactional practice for relationship management in psychodiagnostic interviews. Therapeutic alliance results from the concordance of alignment, as willingness to cooperate regarding common goals, and of affiliation, as relationship based upon trust. SOQs particularly allow for both: They are situated at the end of a troublesome topic area, which is linked to low agency on the patient’s side, and they reveal understanding of and interest in the patient. Following the paradigm of Conversation Analysis and German Gesprächsanalyse this paper analyzes the design and functions of SOQs as a means for securing and enhancing the relationship in the process of therapy. Our data comprise 15 videotaped first interviews following the manual of the Operationalized Psychodynamic Diagnostics. The analyses refer to all SOQs found but will be illustrated by means of a single conversation.

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Author:Susanne KabatnikORCiDGND, Christoph NikendeiORCiDGND, Johannes C. EhrenthalORCiDGND, Thomas Spranz-FogasyORCiDGND
Parent Title (English):Relationships in organized helping. Analyzing interaction in psychotherapy, medical encounters, coaching and in social media
Series (Serial Number):Pragmatics & beyond : new series (331)
Place of publication:Amsterdam/Philadelphia
Editor:Claudio Scarvaglieri, Eva-Maria Graf, Thomas Spranz-Fogasy
Document Type:Part of a Book
Year of first Publication:2022
Date of Publication (online):2022/09/26
Publishing Institution:Leibniz-Institut für Deutsche Sprache (IDS) [Zweitveröffentlichung]
Tag:psychodiagnostic interview; psychotherapy; relationship; solution-oriented questions; therapeutic alliance
GND Keyword:Arbeitsbündnis; Deutsch; Frage; Interaktion; Konversationsanalyse; Psychologische Diagnostik; Psychotherapie
First Page:127
Last Page:149
This is a postprint of an article that was published in the book "Relationships in organized helping. Analyzing interaction in psychotherapy, medical encounters, coaching and in social media" (https://doi.org/10.1075/pbns.331). The published article is under copyright of Benjamins. The publisher should be contacted for permission to re-use or reprint the material in any form.
DDC classes:400 Sprache / 400 Sprache, Linguistik
Open Access?:ja
Leibniz-Classification:Sprache, Linguistik
Linguistics-Classification:Gesprächsforschung / Gesprochene Sprache
Linguistics-Classification:Pragmalinguistik / Kommunikationsforschung
Program areas:P1: Interaktion
Licence (German):License LogoUrheberrechtlich geschützt