ERIC Number: ED110910
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
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Minority Counselors: Are They Really Needed?
Gilsdorf, Dale L.
To determine if male junior college students differed in counselor preference by ethnicity and type of problem a stratified random sample of 60 students was drawn: 20 Mexican Americans, 20 Blacks, and 20 Whites. Subjects who were presented with validated counselor photographs representing the three ethnicities then assumed both administrative and personal problem situations and made counselor selections. Significant differences were found in student preference for Mexican American, Black, and White counselors for both problem situations. When provided a choice Mexican American, Black, and White students tended to prefer a counselor of their same ethnicity. In general, students also wanted to speak with a counselor of their same ethnicity more for the personal than the administrative problem situations. The results clearly support the view that counselor ethnicity is perceived by students as a significant variable in counselor selection. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Personnel and Guidance Association (31st, New York, New York, March 23-26, 1975)