Preference for and Comfort with Male Versus Female Counselors Among Sexually Abused Girls in Individual Treatment
Twenty sexually abused girls, ages 7 to 15 years, received 6 sessions of psychoeducationally based individual counseling from either male (n = 10) or female (n = 10) counselors. Clients' pretreament and posttreatment preference for sex of their counselor and the girls' anticipated comfort with male versus female counselors were analyzed, as was clients' posttreatment actual comfort with their counselors. Analyses of covariance, with pretreatment data as the covariate, revealed that participants treated by male counselors expressed significantly greater preference for and anticipated comfort with male counselors following completion of the treatment program than did their counterparts who were treated by female counselors. Girls treated by male counselors were not significantly more or less comfortable with their assigned counselor following completion of treatment than were those treated by female counselors.
Journal of Counseling Psychology
Fowler, W. E.,
Wagner, W. G.
(1993). Preference for and Comfort with Male Versus Female Counselors Among Sexually Abused Girls in Individual Treatment. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 40(1), 65-72.
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