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ERIC Number: ED419184
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr-3
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
Culture Specific Knowledge and the Ability To Empathize: Applications for Cross-Cultural Counseling Training.
Steward, Robbie J.; Borgers, Sherry; Jo, Hanik; Chambers, Tara; Brown, Nikki
The acquisition of culture-specific knowledge through reading and/or experience is an important component of cross-cultural counseling education. This study explores the relationship between counselor trainees' culture specific knowledge and their ability to empathize in general. It would seem reasonable to assume that those who belong to a different culture and who are aware of the cultural norms of a different culture would also tend to be more empathic and vice versa. Because of the long-standing tension between Black American and White society, Blacks were chosen for inclusion in this study. Given that the understanding of another's language is typically associated with some understanding and interest in another's culture, a measure that assesses knowledge of Black vocabulary was also selected to address the following research questions: Is there a significant difference in White trainees' scores on the Empathy Test between a group of students who scored high on the Black Intelligence Scale of Cultural Homogeneity and a group of students who scored low on that scale?"; and "Do White counselor trainees who are more familiar with Black culture have a greater ability to empathize in general than those who are less familiar with that culture?" Participants included 15 female and 7 male White graduate students. Findings indicate that counselor trainees who had greater culture specific knowledge of African Americans have no greater ability to empathize with others than those who had less knowledge. Implications for cross-cultural counseling training are presented and discussed. (MKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A