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ERIC Number: ED515530
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 168
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1096-6605-2
Counselors' Measures of Attitudes and Knowledge of Working with Biracial and Multiracial Youth
Johnson, Nancy L.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, The University of Memphis
The focus of this study was to determine if there is a relationship between generalized multicultural awareness and knowledge as measured by the "Attitudes toward Multicultural Children Scale" ("AMCS") and the "Multicultural Counseling Vignette" ("MCV"). How race, gender, education, and years of experience as a counselor affect measures of attitude and knowledge was also explored. This study examined the attitudes and knowledge of practicing counselors who work with biracial and multiracial populations. Two measures of attitudes and knowledge were administered to 165 counselors from a large regional mental health program treating minority populations. The "AMCS" is an assessment measure used in this study to garner counselor's self-reported attitudes towards multiracial youth. In addition to the "AMCS," the researcher developed a tool for measuring levels of knowledge for working with biracial youth, entitled the "Multicultural Counseling Vignette" ("MCV"). Frequencies for both measures are reviewed. Multiple regression analysis was used to determine the nature of the relationship between the four subscale scores on the "AMCS" and the scores on the "MCV." A hierarchical regression was used to examine the relationships between total scores on the "MCV" and the respondents' race, gender, education, and experience. Results indicated that counselors generally have ambiguous attitudes towards working with multiracial youth. This ambiguity may be-the result of lack of awareness of constructs related to mixed race youth, or possibly a reflect on of the uncertainty about mixed races in general in American society. Dependent variables showing significance for higher levels of knowledge for working mixed race youth were gender, race, and level of education. Suggestions, implications, and directions for future research are offered. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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