ERIC Number: ED235453
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Mar
Reference Count: 0
The Relationship between Sex Role Attitudes and Counselor Effectiveness.
Griggs, Shirley A.; And Others
Studies of the personality traits of counselors, particularly in relation to their sexuality, assumes that such traits are relevant to counselor effectiveness. To investigate the relationship between counselor effectiveness and sex role attitude, 66 counselor education students, 15 male and 51 female, aged 22-58, participated in individual counseling practicum sessions. To assess sexual orientation the Bem Sex Role Inventory was given to each subject. To assess counselor effectiveness two faculty members independently rated practicum counseling sessions using the Carkhuff Scales for Assessment of Interpersonal Functioning. An analysis of the findings showed no significant difference between sex role classification and grade point average. Further, no significant difference was found between counselor effectiveness and sex role attitudes. However, in a paired comparison, males were more effective counselors than either females or androgynous individuals. Counselor sex, per se, does not appear to relate positively to counselor effectiveness, but rather the masculine personality traits of independence, achievement and self-sufficiency. (BL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers; Counselors; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Bem Sex Role Inventory; Carkhuff Empathy Scale
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Personnel and Guidance Association (Washington, DC, March 20-23, 1983).