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ERIC Number: ED473633
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Mar
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Extending Multicultural Counselor Competence to Sexual Orientation.
Bidell, Markus Paul
The purpose of this study was to develop and establish psychometric properties of the Sexual Orientation Counselor Scale (SOCS), an instrument assessing the awareness, skills, and knowledge of counselors working with lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) populations. The sample consisted of 287 undergraduates, master-level students, doctoral-level students, and counseling psychologists. Factor analysis indicated three distinct factors (awareness, skills, and knowledge). Internal consistency of the SOCS was .91 and one-week test-retest reliability was .84. Criterion validity was demonstrated by the significant relationship found between SOCS scores and participants' education level, sexual orientation, and religious conservatism. The SOCS was minimally correlated with the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI), establishing discriminant validity. Significantly strong correlations were found between the SOCS and measures of homoprejudice, multicultural counselor competency, and counselor self-efficacy; thus, convergent validity for the SOCS and its three competency subscales (awareness, skills, and knowledge) was established. Results from this study demonstrate that the SOCS is a reliable and valid instrument assessing the awareness, skills, and knowledge of counselors working with LGB clients. Limitations and implications for future research on the construct and measurement of sexual orientation counselor competency are explored. (Contains 21 references and 6 tables.) (Author)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Counselors; Practitioners
Language: English
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