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Record identifier : 568641
Personal Name - Primary Intelectual Responsibility : Adams, Aimee-Nicole C
Title and statement of responsibility : Relationships of college students' cultural characteristics, multicultural counseling expectations, and willingness to seek psychological help [Thesis]
Publication, Distribution,Etc. : Lehigh University, 2009
Language of the Item : eng
Body granting the degree : Lehigh University
Summary or Abstract : This study examined the extent to which undergraduate and graduate students. expectations for counselor multicultural counseling competence could be predicted by: (a) individual and clustered demographic variables (race or ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status), (b) salience of culture to self-identification, and (c) multicultural personality disposition, as indicated by universal-diverse orientation (UDO). The study also examined the relationship between multicultural counseling expectations and willingness to seek help. Three hundred and twenty-six participants completed measures of the variables of interest via an online survey. Hierarchical multiple regression analyses were used to determine the relationships among the variables. Results showed that individual demographic variables, particularly sexual orientation and socioeconomic status (SES), significantly predict multicultural expectations, as measured by the Expectations about Counselors. Multicultural Competence Scale (ECMCS; Constantine, 2001). Specifically, gay/lesbian and higher SES individuals reported greater multicultural expectations. Participants were also clustered into seven similar demographic groups using cluster analysis. Results using the clustered demographic variables showed that lesbian females had significantly higher multicultural expectations than Caucasian, heterosexual males did. Salience of culture to self-identification, as measured by responses on the Twenty Statements Test (TST; Kuhn & McPartland, 1954), was not a significant predictor of multicultural expectations. UDO, assessed via the Miville-Guzman Universality-Diversity Scale (M-GUDS; Fuertes et al., 2000), was the strongest predictor of multicultural expectations. Further, multicultural expectations significantly predicted students. willingness to seek psychological help as measured by the Intentions to Seek Counseling Inventory (ISCI; Cash, Begley, McCown, & Weise, 1975), with higher expectations being related to greater willingness to seek help. The findings indicate that the sample as a whole had high expectations for counselor multicultural competence, suggesting that multicultural competence training is important for all counselors. The results also suggest that demographic variables (particularly sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and gender) are important for college counselors to consider in understanding the multicultural counseling expectations of potential clients. However, knowledge of demographics alone is insufficient; psychological characteristics such as UDO should also be considered in attempting to understand college students. multicultural expectations. Theories of multicultural competence should incorporate demographic variables and UDO and help-seeking theories should incorporate multicultural expectations as these variables enhance the understanding of potential clients. views of these constructs. Recommendations for future research include assessing the same constructs with a more racially/ethnically and socioeconomically diverse population, assessing additional demographic variables, assessing salience of culture to self-identification with a more psychometrically sound measure, and investigating additional predictors of help seeking in comparison to multicultural.
Topical Name Used as Subject : Clinical psychology
Information of biblio record : TL
 
 
 
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