ERIC Number: ED458509
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Aug
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Counselors' Perceptions of Court-Referred and Non Court-Referred Drug Clients.
Sanborn, Fred W.; Barnett, Mark A.
Despite the growing number of court-referred drug clients, there has been little systematic investigation into how these clients compare to non court-referred drug clients. This study investigates counselors' perceptions of their clients. It was hypothesized that court-referred clients would generally be perceived less favorably than non court-referred clients. A total of 56 practicing drug counselors completed the counselor questionnaire, which was designed especially for this study. Analyses revealed that drug counselors generally perceived court-referred clients less favorably than noncourt-referred clients. However, on some variables this pattern was significant only in regard to the beginning of counseling. This suggests counselors may see court-referred clients as at a disadvantage at the beginning of counseling, but able to "catch up" to their noncourt-referred counterparts by the time counseling is completed. If the perceptions outlined here are accurate, there are important differences between court-referred and non court-referred clients that perhaps should be addressed in counseling. Also, counselors who are not consciously aware of the general preference that seems to exist for non court-referred clients may unwittingly display preferential (or even prejudicial) treatment for one particular group of clients over the other. (JDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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