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ERIC Number: ED426328
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 52
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Master's Level Counselors' Self-Perceived Multicultural Competence: Relation to General Counseling Competence, Conscientiousness, and Openness to Experience.
Moore-Thomas, Cheryl
Multicultural counseling competence is of paramount importance. For counselors to be able to better meet the needs of their clients, and for counselor education programs to better prepare their students to meet the needs of a diverse population, it is necessary to uncover and learn to effectively manipulate all the pieces of the puzzle of multicultural counseling competence. This study examined the relation of master's level counselors' (N=36) multicultural counseling competence, conscientiousness, and openness to experience on the Multicultural Counseling Inventory, the NEO-FFI, and the Counselor Evaluation Rating Scale. Correlational analysis was used. Multicultural counseling competence and general counseling competence were found to be significantly correlated. However, only a moderate portion of the variance in multicultural counseling competence can be associated with the variance in general counseling competence. The overlap of these variables appears to be modest enough to suggest that multicultural counseling competence and general counseling competence are distinct but overlapping constructs. In addition, a significant correlation was found between openness to experience and multicultural counseling awareness. These data seem to support the inclusion of multicultural counseling competencies and activities that increase counselor trainees' openness to new experiences in counselor preparatory programs. (EMK)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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