ERIC Number: ED379583
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Gender and the Counselor Preparation Literature: Issues of Authorship and Content.
Dykeman, Cass; Doyle, Stacey L.
In the counseling profession, women constitute the majority of clients and practitioners. Given this situation, two questions arise concerning counselor preparation literature: (1) To what extent have women authored counselor preparation literature? (2) To what degree has this literature considered gender? In order to establish a context for specific gender issues, this study provides a historical grounding for dialogue on gender issues in counseling. The context was set by examining women's authorship rates in volumes 0-32 of the journal "Counselor Education and Supervision" (CES). Articles that dealt specifically with gender issues were also analyzed. Analysis showed that women wrote 18 percent of the articles and that 4 percent of the articles addressed gender. Results indicated a significant increase over time in women's authorship of CES articles. These rates increased even though the total number of articles published per issue dropped. However, there was no significant rise in the appearance of gender articles since the 1970s, suggesting a disturbing gap in counselor preparation research. It is argued that a greater focus on gender issues in counselor training and supervision is necessary if counselors are to remain an efficacious source of mental health services. (RJM)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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