Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Anxiety and counseling self -efficacy among counseling students: The moderating role of mindfulness and alexithymia
by Hall, Karen E., Ph.D., The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2009, 199; 3356126
Abstract (Summary)

This study explored the relationship between anxiety and counseling self-efficacy and the moderating effects of mindfulness and alexithymia. One hundred and fifty two pre-internship counseling trainees from CACREP programs across the country were surveyed to determine their levels of anxiety, mindfulness, alexithymia and counseling self-efficacy using the Trimodal Anxiety Questionnaire, the Five Facet Mindfulness Questionnaire, the Toronto Alexithymia Scale and the Counselor Activity Self-Efficacy Scales.

Pearson Product Moment Coefficients revealed significant pairwise relationships among the variables of interest in the expected directions. In a linear regression, somatic and behavioral anxiety (but not cognitive anxiety) emerged as significant predictors of counseling self-efficacy. In a Stepwise regression, the observe, describe, and nonreact facets of mindfulness also emerged as significant predictors of counseling self-efficacy, although the nonjudge and acting with awareness facets did not. The hypotheses that mindfulness and alexithymia served to moderate the relationship between anxiety and counseling self-efficacy were not supported, but instead mindfulness, and to a lesser extent alexithymia may be more direct predictors of counseling self-efficacy.

The results suggest that mindfulness and emotional skills training may be important variables to consider in supporting counselor trainee’s self-efficacy. The findings have implications for counselor education and supervision and provide direction for future research in counselor development.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Cashwell, Craig S.
Commitee: Ackerman, Terry, Gill, Diane, Lewis, Todd F.
School: The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Department: School of Education: Counseling and Educational Development
School Location: United States -- North Carolina
Source: DAI-A 70/05, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Mental health, School counseling, Social studies education
Keywords: Alexithymia, Anxiety, Counseling, Counseling self-efficacy, Counseling students, Counselor education, Mindfulness, Self-efficacy
Publication Number: 3356126
ISBN: 978-1-109-15948-6
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