Predictors of Outcome of Dream Interpretation Sessions: Volunteer Client Characteristics, Dream Characteristics, and Type of Interpretation

Clara E. Hill, Frances A. Kelley, Timothy L. Davis, Rachel E. Crook, Leslie E. Maldonado, Maria A. Turkson, Teresa L. Wonnell, V. Suthakaran, Jason S. Zack, Aaron B. Rochlen, Misty R. Kolchakian, Jamila N. Codrington

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Abstract

105 volunteer clients completed single sessions of dream interpretation using the Hill (1996) model, with half randomly assigned to waking life interpretation and the other half to parts of self interpretation in the insight stage of the Hill model. No differences were found between waking life and parts of self interpretations, suggesting that therapists can use either type of dream interpretation. Volunteer clients who had positive attitudes toward dreams and presented pleasant dreams had better session outcome; in addition, volunteer clients who had pleasant dreams gained more insight into their dreams. Results suggest that therapists doing single sessions of dream interpretation need to be cautious about working with dreams when volunteer clients have negative attitudes toward dreams and present unpleasant dreams.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)53-72
Number of pages20
JournalDreaming
Volume11
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2001

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  • Psychology(all)

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    Hill, C. E., Kelley, F. A., Davis, T. L., Crook, R. E., Maldonado, L. E., Turkson, M. A., Wonnell, T. L., Suthakaran, V., Zack, J. S., Rochlen, A. B., Kolchakian, M. R., & Codrington, J. N. (2001). Predictors of Outcome of Dream Interpretation Sessions: Volunteer Client Characteristics, Dream Characteristics, and Type of Interpretation. Dreaming, 11(2), 53-72. https://doi.org/10.1023/A:1009420619940