ERIC Number: ED215238
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Influence of Client Age on Counselor Trainees' Assessment of Case Materials.
Panek, Paul E.; And Others
Research has documented bias toward elderly clients by mental health professionals. To determine whether counselor trainees held similar biases against elderly clients, counseling (N=40) and non-counseling (N=25) graduate students were given an intake summary of a female client exhibiting symptoms of depression. The client's age was manipulated on the summaries by presenting the client as either 25, 45, or 65 years old. Subjects rated the clients on five dimensions, i.e., self-awareness, openness to change, self-esteem, duration of counseling, outcome of counseling, using a sevenpoint scale. Results indicated that the client's age did not significantly affect the ratings on any of the five dimensions. The results suggest that students do not show the same forms of client bias toward the aged as professionals. (Author/NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Joint Annual Meeting of the Scientific Gerontological Society (34th) and the Scientific & Educational Canadian Association on Gerontology (10th), (Toronto, Ontario, Canada, November 8-12, 1981).