ERIC Number: EJ843959
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
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A Pilot Study of the Relationship between Counselor Trainees' Characteristics and Attitudes toward Substance Abuse
Koch, D. Shane; Sneed, Zachery; Davis, Sharon J.; Benshoff, John J.
Journal of Teaching in the Addictions, v5 n2 p97-111 2006
Researchers in this study sought to construct an instrument specifically designed to measure counselor trainee attitudes toward alcohol and drug abuse. The instrument, the "Counselor Trainee Attitudes Measure" (CTAM), used for this research was developed collectively by the researchers. The CTAM gathered demographic data including undergraduate or graduate status, gender, current major, age, postsecondary institution and the total number of addiction specific courses completed at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Student attitudes were measured through the use of 35 statements about substance abuse, people with alcohol and drug abuse issues, people with disabilities, and treatment options for AODA problems. There were 74 complete and usable responses for the instrument. Nineteen males and 55 females completed the survey. Forty respondents (54%) were classified as undergraduates and 34 (46%) were classified as graduate students. Respondents' ranged in age from 19 years to 55 years. The mean age of all respondents was 29.2 years. Findings included significant differences in the between-subjects variable of recovery status, as well as an interaction effect for class standing and recovery status. Respondents who did have someone close to them experience a substance use disorder reported higher mean agreements with the medical and natural recovery models than the moral model; whereas individuals that did not have an experience with someone close to them reported higher agreement with the moral model and lower agreement with the medical and natural recovery models. The interaction effect of class standing and recovery status was significant; however interpretation of the results proved difficult due to a small sample size.
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Student Attitudes, Drug Abuse, Counselor Training, Interaction, Counselor Attitudes, Substance Abuse, Alcohol Abuse, Attitude Measures, Undergraduate Students, Age Differences, Majors (Students), Course Selection (Students), Disabilities, Counseling Techniques, Rehabilitation, Familiarity, Moral Values
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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