ERIC Number: ED296209
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Aug
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Effects of Counselor Disability on Counselor Attraction in an Analogue Setting.
Risica, Virginia J.; Nevid, Jeffrey S.
The majority of research examining attitudes toward the disabled has demonstrated stereotypically negative biases among disabled and nondisabled populations. These biases may include avoidance or increased social distance with the disabled as well as feelings of uncomfortableness when interacting with disabled individuals. This study investigated the effects of apparent counselor disability on counselor attraction based upon both self-report and behavioral measures in an analogue counseling interaction. College undergraduate students (N=60) met with either a visibly disabled (either visually impaired or wheelchair-bound) counselor or a nondisabled counselor to discuss issues relating to a personal relationship in their lives. Results showed no evidence that counselor disability status affected either self-disclosure or counselor ratings. The results suggest that the disability enhancement effect obtained in prior research may not generalize to face-to-face interactions with the counselor in which cues other than disability may become more salient. (Author/ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (95th, New York, NY, August 28-September 1, 1987).