Brief Report

Lay Perceptions of Psychotherapists in South Africa

Published in: Journal of Psychology in Africa
Volume 17, issue 1-2, 2007 , pages: 129–131
DOI: 10.1080/14330237.2007.10820157
Author(s): Elza VenterUniversity of South Africa,, Elsabe RoetsUniversity of South Africa,


The study investigated South African layperson perceptions of psychotherapists. Participants were 10 males and 25 females (Whites = 23, Blacks = 10, Coloreds = 2; age range 20 to 59). Semi structured interviews were used to study expectations, attitudes and stereotypical beliefs and behavior towards psychotherapists. Laypersons perceived psychotherapists negatively, and would personally not want any assistance from psychotherapists.

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