The main objectives of the study were to operationalize the APA Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Girls and Women and to evaluate gender sensitive counseling interventions. The relationship between session evaluation and several variables were examined, including gender role expectations, gender role values conflict, SES, education, religious attitudes and ethnic identity. The study used a within group video analog design with two conditions. Female college students rated the gender sensitive condition higher than the gender neutral condition on counselor empathy and general counselor strengths, but not on working alliance. A positive relationship was found between gender role values conflict and empathy scores. Results support the incorporation of gender sensitive interventions when counseling female clients.
Operationalization of the APA guidelines provides a tool for future research. Studies are needed to confirm results with larger, more diverse samples. Qualitative interviews would add insight to help refine the gender sensitive skills.
Keywords: Gender Sensitive Counseling, Gender Role, Feminist Therapy, Values Conflict, Intergenerational Conflict, Psychology of Women.
|School:||University of Hawai'i at Hilo|
|School Location:||United States -- Hawaii|
|Source:||MAI 49/03M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Womens studies, Counseling Psychology, Clinical psychology|
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