ERIC Number: ED242997
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
Sex-Fair Counseling Practices: A Descriptive Analysis.
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 challenged school counselors to provide sex fair guidance and counseling practices. To determine Connecticut counselors' compliance with the law, and to examine factors affecting their compliance, 147 secondary school counselors completed surveys. The questionnaire was designed to examine counseling procedures, programs, and materials used with female students to determine counselors' factual knowledge and attitudes toward women and work, and to determine their attitudes toward the social, educational, and economic roles of women. The results indicated that the majority of counselors possessed above average knowledge of women in the current labor force and endorsed positive attitude statements regarding the roles of women, with females endorsing positive attitudes more often than their male colleagues. The most widely used career inventories and tests included the Kuder Interest Survey and the Strong Campbell Interest Inventory, which have been revised in an effort to reduce sex role stereotyping. However, almost half of the counselors had not reviewed their materials for indication of sex bias. The vast majority of counselors had not conducted any workshops aimed at reducing the negative impact of sex role stereotyping on female students. Nearly all the counselors, however, had employed techniques to attract opposite sex students to enroll in traditionally same sex classes, and consistently indicated the use of sex fair counseling practices in their daily interactions with female students. The findings indicate that counselors do understand the importance of sex fair practices; however, counselor educators may need to provide opportunities for counselors to develop the leadership skills necessary to become active agents for change. (JAC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Counselors; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Title IX Education Amendments 1972
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