The relationship between working alliance and rehabilitation outcomes

Daniel C. Lustig, David R. Strauser, N. Dewaine Rice

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A key factor in the development of an effective relationship between the client and counselor is the development of a strong working alliance (Bordin, 1979). Although considerable research has investigated the impact of the working alliance on counseling outcomes, no research has considered the effect of this alliance between rehabilitation counselors and clients within the context of the state—federal rehabilitation system. This study used existing survey data on 2,732 vocational rehabilitation clients during fiscal year 1999—2000. Results indicated that (a) employed clients had a stronger working alliance than unemployed clients, and (b) the working alliance is related to the client's perception of future employment prospects and his or her satisfaction with the current job. Implications for rehabilitation counselors are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)24-32
Number of pages9
JournalRehabilitation Counseling Bulletin
Issue number1
StatePublished - Oct 2002
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Applied Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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