ERIC Number: ED341894
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Dec-9
Attitudes of Persons with Physical Disabilities and Black Americans toward Counseling Professionals.
Hansen, Lois M.; Bryant, Barbara J.
The study of the disabled has amounted to nothing more than studying physical malfunctioning and compensating for it. Until very recently, this paradigm has dominated medical and counseling practices, and many suggest that this is all there is to disability. This study attempted to gain insight into prevailing attitudes of both minority groups to determine if persons with disabilities or black Americans have similar attitudes toward professional counselors. In this study black adults (N=25) and disabled adults (N=22) responded to questionnaires dealing with their attitudes toward professional counselors. Sixty-four percent of black adults and 72% of the physically disabled respondents disagreed with the statement that black Americans and physically disabled adults do not need professional counseling. Analysis indicated that comfort with the race or disability of the counselor was not an issue. These data support the recognition of persons with disabilities as a bona fide minority group, supporting the concept that the minority group model will be an effective counseling alternative for both groups. Persons with disabilities and black Americans may not seek professional counseling because of the perception that the counselor is just one more authority figure who makes their decisions and controls their lives. Strategies need to be developed to integrate America's two largest minority groups into the mainstream of an effective and productive lifestyle through empowerment and use of the minority group counseling model. The survey instrument is appended. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
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