Problem-focused and solution-focused questions – when does it really matter?

Posted on: 24 Apr 2021

Coaching research has already established that solution-focused coaching questions generally elicit better outcomes in terms of goal attainment, self-efficacy and positive affect (feeling good). Despite this, there exist numerous coaching approaches that use a problem-focused approach and still elicit positive outcomes. Indeed, sometimes coaching that draws on a problem-focused approach can even seem more effective.




This issue of Coaching Research in Practice considers a recent paper that examines the impact of solution-focused, problem-focused and combined solution-focused/problem-focused questions. It also examines a third factor relating to the attitudes of coachees and the influence of such attitudes on the outcomes of different types of questions.


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Written by Kerryn Griffiths, PhD, PCC and Global ReciproCoach Coordinator


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