The researchers aimed to investigate the association between linguistic synchrony and the therapeutic bond in non-therapeutic contexts. They examined if linguistic synchrony could be better explained by an indication model or a facilitation model. The results of the study showed that the facilitation model was a better explanation for the association between linguistic synchrony and therapeutic bond. Additionally, a combined model that included linguistic synchrony predicting therapeutic bond and the cross-sectional association between therapeutic bond and linguistic synchrony was found to be the best fit for the data.
The study highlights the importance of linguistic synchrony in facilitating relationship formation and maintenance, which can be applied in clinical settings to improve therapeutic outcomes.
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