ERIC Number: ED188846
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Feb-8
Reference Count: 0
Mexican Americans' Perceptions of Differential Chicano Therapist Characteristics.
Lerma, Joe L.
The proposed study will examine some critical therapist characteristics (skin color, speech rhythm, expertise levels, and counseling approach) possessed by present Chicano mental health personnel. One hundred and sixty lower division Mexican American college students will be asked to rate the therapist on expertness, attractiveness, trustworthiness, and suitability for personal disclosure. The affect of these therapist characteristics on the students' ratings will be examined. The students, who are to be of low or middle socioeconomic status, are to react to a videotape and audiotape "therapy session" portraying a Chicano psychotherapist. A 2x2x2x2 factorial analysis of variance is to be used. Independent variables are to be ascription of professional/nonprofessional title (Dr./Mr.) and qualifications, and directive vs. nondirective text in the vignette shown to the subjects. Two questionnaires are to be used to rate the therapist expertness, attractiveness, trustworthiness, and suitability for personal disclosure. Seven hypotheses favoring nonprofessional and directive therapy (where over half of therapist responses ask specifics or urge rationality) rather than nondirective (with restatement echoing) are posited. Thus given doubts of the averred Chicano therapist expertise, the Spanish-accented speech rhythm is nevertheless expected to induce impressed subjects' cooperation and "handicap empathy". (SC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Skin Color; Texas (Austin)
Note: Not available in paper copy due to author's preference. Paper presented at the Southwest Educational Research Association meeting (Houston, TX, February 8, 1980).