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ERIC Number: ED549124
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 175
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-2673-5363-4
The Influence of Attitudes toward Students with Disabilities and Counselor Self-Efficacy on School Counselors' Perceptions of Preparedness to Provide Services to Students with Learning Disabilities
Torrence, Jamie N.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Marywood University
The purpose of this quantitative survey study was to determine the influence of attitudes toward students with disabilities and counselor self-efficacy on school counselors' perceptions of preparedness to provide services to students with learning disabilities using the Theory of Planned Behavior (TPB; Ajzen, 1985). One hundred and sixteen practicing school counselors completed the School Counselor Preparation Survey-Revised, the Attitudes Toward Disabled Persons Scale-Form 0, and the School Counselor Self-Efficacy Scale. Results revealed that school counselors rate themselves as between somewhat prepared and prepared to provide services to students with learning disabilities. Additionally, correlations indicated a moderately strong positive relationship between self-efficacy and perceptions of preparedness while no significant relationship was found between attitudes toward students with disabilities and perceptions of preparedness. A significant negative relationship between attitudes toward students with disabilities and self-efficacy indicated a weak tendency for school counselors who possess more negative attitudes to have higher self-efficacy. A multiple regression analysis revealed that attitudes and self-efficacy constituted a significant increase in the shared variance in perceptions of preparedness. Implications for school counselors and counselor educators are presented as well suggestions for future research. [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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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Attitudes Toward Disabled Persons Scale