ERIC Number: ED220738
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jul
Reference Count: 0
The Formal/Informal Dimension in Perceptions of Counselor Dress. Journal Paper No. 232.
Littrell, Mary Ann; And Others
Studies of the relationship of counselors' dress to clients' evaluations of counselors have been based on the assumption that the formal/informal nature of clothing is the essential dimension for assessing the meaning of counselor attire. Caucasian (N=226) and Sioux Indian (N=155) high school students and 193 Caucasian community college students were exposed to counselor dress stimuli that avoided a priori use of the formal/informal dress dimension. The consistently least preferred counselor dress was conservative, out-of-date attire. Indians preferred fashionable, up-to-date attire. Caucasians preferred informal slacks and sweaters. The results did not support the informal/formal dress dimension as a single explanation of students' differential preferences for counselors. (Author/JAC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Iowa State Univ. of Science and Technology, Ames. Dept. of Home Economics Education.
Note: Research supported by a grant (#772) from the Research and Development Fund, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND, and a Faculty Research Grant, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND.