Comparing the supervision experiences of therapists and supervisors who are cross-matched by sexual orientation

Jeramie Judd Harbin

Abstract

Using a quasi-experimental design, this field investigation examined the effect of sexual orientation matching and supervisory role upon counseling supervision. This study also assessed the relationship between homophobia and both supervisory style and supervisory satisfaction. Statistical analyses supported none of the hypotheses. Neither sexual orientation matching nor homophobia appeared to relate strongly with either supervisory satisfaction or supervisory style. However, significant differences in homophobia were detected among matching conditions. In situations where therapists were GLB, both supervisors and therapists had significantly lower levels of homophobia than supervisors and therapists in situations where therapists were heterosexual. Nonetheless, these large differences in homophobia appeared not to relate with statistical significance to either style of supervision conducted or satisfaction with supervision for therapists or supervisors. Implications and limitations of the present study as well as directions for future research are discussed.