Nonlinear Analysis in Counseling Research

Richard S. Balkin, Katelyn M. Richey Gosnell, Andrew Holmgren, Jason W. Osborne
  • Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development, August 2016, Taylor & Francis
  • DOI: 10.1177/0748175616664015

Progress in counseling is not always linear!

What is it about?

The statistics used in counseling assume that progress is linear--that participation in counseling activities leads to progress. However, common sense tells us this is not true; rather, clients will experience bumps in the road and progress is not always steady. In this article we demonstrate nonlinear models that may show what is really happening between many important relationships studied in counseling.

Why is it important?

Through nonlinear models we can better explain the relationship between many important variables in counseling.


Richard S Balkin (Author)
University of Louisville

Nonlinear relationships are likely more common in counseling research than we let on, and typically students are not exposed to how to evaluate such relationships. This article will hopefully lead to more research exploring nonlinear relationships.

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