Brief-Term Counseling with Sexually Abused Girls: The Impact of Sex of Counselor on Clients' Therapeutic Involvement, Self-Concept, and Depression
Two overlapping studies were conducted with sexually abused girls referred to a university outpatient clinic for 6 sessions of psychoeducationally based individual counseling in which participants were alternately assigned to either male or female counselors. Ratings of videotaped segments of 21 girls' in-session behavior revealed no significant effect for sex of counselor, although a significant improvement was found in girls' participation in counseling across the 6 treatment sessions. Results for 30 girls who completed all aspects of the counseling program revealed significant pretreatment-posttreatment improvement in Piers-Harris Children's Self-Concept Scale and Children's Depression Inventory (CDI) scores, including responses to the CDI suicidal ideation item. Again, no significant effect was found for sex of counselors.
Journal of Counseling Psychology
Wagner, W. G.,
Fowler, W. E.,
(1993). Brief-Term Counseling with Sexually Abused Girls: The Impact of Sex of Counselor on Clients' Therapeutic Involvement, Self-Concept, and Depression. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 40(4), 490-500.
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