Positive Feedback & Recreational Therapists
The research was done on dating couples and studied how they reacted to discussions of positive and negative events with their partner. Responses to positive event discussions were related to the level of perceived social support from the partner. Thus, supportive responses to sharing positive news helped build relationships. It was reasoned that "sharing positive events provides prime opportunities to obtain understanding, validation, and caring" (p. 4). It is hypothesized that such exchanges play a large role in developing and maintaining healthy relationships.
I couldn't help but wonder if one of the reasons clients tend to like recreational therapists a great deal is because of the positive emotional responses provided when clients share positive news about themselves. RTs tend to be very positive in their responses so it would make sense that shared positive emotions between RTs and their clients build strong ties. What do you think?