ERIC Number: ED405537
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Opinions Concerning Unique Dual Relationships among Recovering Substance Abuse Counselors in Rural and Urban Settings.
Powell, Les J.
Many issues surrounding the ethical therapeutic treatment of clients in the mental health field have been researched extensively. The opinions of recovering substance abuse counselors concerning unique dual relationships were investigated in this study. The independent variables included length of time in recovery, amount of work experience, amount of formal education, gender, and size of community. The sample consisted of 100 individuals and a total of 108 comparisons were made, plus 102 recurring comparisons. The results seem to support the following generalizations: Female recovering substance abuse counselors have more awareness of, sensitivity toward, difficulty with, and/or observation of dual relationships than do their male counterparts. Oddly enough, some recovering substance abuse counselors with advanced degrees had less awareness of, sensitivity toward, difficulty with, or observed less dual relationship issues than recovering substance abuse counselors with less-advanced degrees. There were also significant effects among levels of the variables "length of time in recovery" and "amount of work experience." The findings argue for increased education for counselors in substance abuse counseling as well as in other sub-specialties of counseling. Fourteen appendices list statistical summaries, samples of the instrument used, and other information. Contains 55 references. (RJM)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Fort Hays State Univ., KS.