Summary of Results

The Chicago Studies demonstrated that people receiving client-centered therapy generally showed some growth or improvement. However, improvement fell short of the optimum. The therapy group began treatment as less healthy than the control group, showed growth dining therapy, and retained most of that improvement throughout the follow-up period. However, they never attained the level of psychological health demonstrated by "normal" people in the control group.

Looking at these outcomes another way, the typical person receivhig client-centered therapy probably never approaches Stage 7 hypothesized by Rogers and discussed earlier. A more realistic expectation might be for clients to advance to Stages 3 or 4. Client-centered therapy is effective, but it does not result in the fully functioning person.

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