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TOMICIC, Alemka et al. Vocal Quality Patterns in Psychotherapy: Coding System Development and Reliability Analysis. Psykhe [online]. 2011, vol.20, n.1, pp.77-93. ISSN 0718-2228.

The coding system Vocal Quality Patterns (VQP) and a reliability study are presented. The aim was to create a system to identify and codify VQP using a trained hearing assessment. The design was descriptive-exploratory, employing a mixed approach, with a convenience sample of 12 episodes of change extracted from 3 psychotherapies. Qualitative techniques were used to describe 6 VQP: Report, Connected, Affirmative, Reflection, Emotional-Expressive and Emotional-Restrained. Subsequently, by Cohen's kappa coefficient the degree of agreement between independent judges, for the coding of the VQP for a total of 516 segments, corresponding to 457 talking turns, was examined. The system showed high inter-rater reliability and, among its advantages, it presents the possibility of analyzing psychotherapeutic processes, regardless of theoretical orientation or approach, and its applicability to the study of VQP used by therapists and patients.

Palabras clave : acoustic measures; vocal quality patterns; psychotherapy process.

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