ERIC Number: ED333328
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
A National Survey of Female Counselors: Psychological and Behavioral Correlates.
Thoreson, Richard W.; And Others
A national sample of female counselors (N=377) was surveyed regarding their psychological health and distress, work pressure and support, personal history (including erotic sexual contact with clients), personal traits, burnout and stress, personal work satisfaction, and professional concerns. Results revealed a wide variety of endorsed concerns. Dysfunctional families, power, self-esteem, developmental issues, aging, and burnout/stress were the top five reported. Incidence of erotic sexual contact with clients, students, or supervisees was minimal. Results of comparative erotic sexual contact data on a sample of male counselors showed significantly higher levels of such contact for males. Four canonical variates for two sets of data revealed gender role, age, work support, and years employed to be associated with professional concerns, stress, burnout, and personal and professional satisfaction. The overall results suggest that useful data on psychological, behavioral and professional demographic variables can be obtained by survey methodology and can be of use to the counseling profession. Further, results of the study provide a solid empirical base for the development of a program of continuing education for female counselors. (Author/LLL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Association for Counseling and Development (Reno, NV, April 21-24, 1991). Some tables may not reproduce well.