Tested the hypothesis that the probabilistic structure underlying counseling interviews is Markovian. The goodness of fit of a 1st-order Markov chain model to 6 counseling interviews was assessed by using chi-sup-2 tests of homogeneity and by simulating sampling distributions of selected process characteristics against which the same characteristics in the actual interviews were compared. The model provided an adequate fit to 4 of the 6 interviews and should provide a useful tool for further investigations into the character and course of the counseling process. (30 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).
- Markov chain model, goodness of fit to initial counseling interviews