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ERIC Number: EJ1121543
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0146-3934
Exploring Undergraduate Gender Differences in Anxiety about Meeting Their Assigned Therapist
Blau, Gary; DiMino, John; DeMaria, Peter A., Jr.; Beverly, Clyde; Chessler, Marcy
College Student Journal, v50 n4 p551-556 Win 2016
An online survey sample of 166 non-urgent undergraduates, N = 47 (male) and N = 119 (female) waiting to begin counseling after triage found that females had significantly higher anxiety about meeting their assigned (intake) therapist than males. This gender difference of females being higher in counselor meeting anxiety could not be accounted for by gender differences in perceived stigma for receiving psychological help, wait time to begin counseling, or prior counseling activity. However, females had significantly higher generalized mistrust and abuse and also identified anxiety significantly more as their primary mental health issue for seeking counseling. Being aware of the potential for assigned counselor meeting anxiety, which a triage system may exacerbate, can sensitize the assigned intake counselor that it may take longer to establish rapport/build trust with some non-urgent clients (here females).
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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