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ERIC Number: ED350508
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Pages: 25
Abstractor: N/A
Spirituality and Counselor Preference in College Students.
Simon, Cathryn; Gerber, Sterling
Religious clients prefer to see a therapist who has a belief system similar to their own. In this study college students (N=194) from undergraduate psychology classes rated their willingness to see four hypothetical counselors when the word spirituality was included or excluded from the counselors' descriptions. Each counselor description included a name, academic degree, qualifications, years of experience, counseling style, specialty areas, clientele, and photograph of a woman between the ages of 30 to 45. Four parallel forms of the questionnaire were produced, each identical except for the addition of the word spirituality in the description of one of the four counselors. Mean ratings of counselors with and without spirituality were not significantly different. However, 11.8% of the students commented that the word "spirituality" or that their personal beliefs affected their ratings of the counselors. A desire to include spiritual issues of some sort in a counseling setting was expressed by 8.8% of the students. These results suggest that there are many students who prefer a counselor who is sensitive towards spiritual values. Counselors who are empathetic toward spiritual issues may serve their clients better by informing clients of their willingness to explore spiritual values in counseling. Further research, possibly of a descriptive nature, could aid in identifying particular groups who have an interest in spiritually empathetic counseling. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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