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Evaluation of a course in counselling women Theurer, Gisela Magdalene


This study was designed to evaluate the effectiveness of a course in counsel 1ing-women. The evaluation considered increased awareness, attitudinal and behaviour changes in female counsellors-in-training. Sex bias and sex role stereotyping have been reported in studies of psychotherapeutic practice but the extent and effects of sex role stereotyping by counsellors is an unresolved issue. The need for more awareness and knowledge of women's special issues has been widely stated. A quasi-experimental design was used with female counsellors-in-training as the experimental group and female counsellors-in-training who have not yet taken the course as the control subjects. Both groups were tested at the beginning, in the middle, and at the end of the thirteen week course. Two objective written measures (Salient Issues Measure by Jean, Lafromboise & Plake, 1981; Therapists' Attitude toward Women Scale by Sherman, Koufacos & Kenworthy, 1978) and questions about videotaped vignettes depicting female clients (Videotape Questionnaire by Kahn & Theurer, 1981) were used as instruments to detect changes in the subjects' awareness of, and attitudes toward, women's issues. Statistically significant differences were found on some of the measures indicating that the course was effective in changing the subjects' attitude toward women, their understanding of socio-cultural issues, and strategy and goal planning. Other measures revealed no statistically significant differences; indicating either measurement problems or lack of course related effects.

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