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Expandable responses : how clients get prompted to say more during psychotherapy

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In this article, we analyze question-response sequences in couples therapy sessions and focus on clients' responses that are oriented to as expandable because they fail to address the therapist's questions in a manner that is relevant to the exigencies of the interactional tasks at hand. Given the importance of clients' narration of personal experience for therapy success, we examine the interactional resources used by therapists and clients to elicit expansion. We propose that the conversational organization of turn expansion is locally and sequentially organized such that participants orient to the response as expandable in their subsequent actions. Following Schegloff, Jefferson, and Sacks' (1977) work on repair, we distinguish between self-initiation and other initiation of expansion and self-completion and other completion of expansion. Expansion was found to unfold in 4 distinct ways: (a) self(client)- initiated self-expansion, (b) other(therapistlspouse)-initiated self-expansion, (c) self-initiated other expansion, and (d) other-initiated other expansion.
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TALK-IN-INTERACTION, CONVERSATION, ORGANIZATION, REPAIR, FORMULATIONS, QUESTIONS, GRAMMAR

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Muntigl, Peter, and Loreley Hadic Zabala. “Expandable Responses : How Clients Get Prompted to Say More during Psychotherapy.” RESEARCH ON LANGUAGE & SOCIAL INTERACTION, vol. 41, no. 2, 2008, pp. 187–226.
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Muntigl, P., & Zabala, L. H. (2008). Expandable responses : how clients get prompted to say more during psychotherapy. RESEARCH ON LANGUAGE & SOCIAL INTERACTION, 41(2), 187–226.
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Muntigl, Peter, and Loreley Hadic Zabala. 2008. “Expandable Responses : How Clients Get Prompted to Say More during Psychotherapy.” RESEARCH ON LANGUAGE & SOCIAL INTERACTION 41 (2): 187–226.
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Muntigl, Peter, and Loreley Hadic Zabala. 2008. “Expandable Responses : How Clients Get Prompted to Say More during Psychotherapy.” RESEARCH ON LANGUAGE & SOCIAL INTERACTION 41 (2): 187–226.
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Muntigl P, Zabala LH. Expandable responses : how clients get prompted to say more during psychotherapy. RESEARCH ON LANGUAGE & SOCIAL INTERACTION. 2008;41(2):187–226.
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P. Muntigl and L. H. Zabala, “Expandable responses : how clients get prompted to say more during psychotherapy,” RESEARCH ON LANGUAGE & SOCIAL INTERACTION, vol. 41, no. 2, pp. 187–226, 2008.
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  abstract     = {{In this article, we analyze question-response sequences in couples therapy sessions and focus on clients' responses that are oriented to as expandable because they fail to address the therapist's questions in a manner that is relevant to the exigencies of the interactional tasks at hand. Given the importance of clients' narration of personal experience for therapy success, we examine the interactional resources used by therapists and clients to elicit expansion. We propose that the conversational organization of turn expansion is locally and sequentially organized such that participants orient to the response as expandable in their subsequent actions. Following Schegloff, Jefferson, and Sacks' (1977) work on repair, we distinguish between self-initiation and other initiation of expansion and self-completion and other completion of expansion. Expansion was found to unfold in 4 distinct ways: (a) self(client)- initiated self-expansion, (b) other(therapistlspouse)-initiated self-expansion, (c) self-initiated other expansion, and (d) other-initiated other expansion.}},
  author       = {{Muntigl, Peter and Zabala, Loreley Hadic}},
  issn         = {{0835-1813}},
  journal      = {{RESEARCH ON LANGUAGE & SOCIAL INTERACTION}},
  keywords     = {{TALK-IN-INTERACTION,CONVERSATION,ORGANIZATION,REPAIR,FORMULATIONS,QUESTIONS,GRAMMAR}},
  language     = {{eng}},
  number       = {{2}},
  pages        = {{187--226}},
  title        = {{Expandable responses : how clients get prompted to say more during psychotherapy}},
  url          = {{http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08351810802028738}},
  volume       = {{41}},
  year         = {{2008}},
}

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