ERIC Number: EJ1056636
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Exploring the Relationship between Gay Affirmative Practice and Empathy among Mental Health Professionals
Love, Michael M.; Smith, Adam E.; Lyall, Sarah E.; Mullins, Jaclyn L.; Cohn, Tracy J.
Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development, v43 n2 p83-96 Apr 2015
During the last several decades, psychologists have placed emphasis on multicultural competence as an essential aspect of training and practice. However, despite this emphasis, empirical data on the effects of multicultural training and practice are generally limited to variables such as race and ethnicity, with very little research on sexual minorities. However, a framework for understanding competent practice with sexual minorities does exist in the form of the concept of gay affirmative practice (GAP), which has been successfully operationalized by Crisp (2006b). Using the GAP measure and scores of empathy, the authors examined students and practitioners in the helping profession to explore the relationship between empathy and level of gay affirmative work. Findings indicated that levels of empathy predicted overall levels of GAP. The authors discuss the clinical implications of these findings and explore how the findings fit within the literature surrounding empathic understanding.
Descriptors: Homosexuality, Sexual Orientation, Cultural Awareness, Counselor Training, Empathy, Prediction, Psychology, Counselor Qualifications, Competence, Minority Groups, Scores, Allied Health Personnel, Student Attitudes, Student Behavior, Mental Health
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