The Relationship Of Counselor's Sex Guilt, Sex Knowledge, And Sex Attitudes To Level Of Facilitativeness Towards Female Adolescent Clients With Sexual Concerns Involving Moral And Ethical Issues

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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)


Counseling Psychology


Purpose. The purpose of this research was to investigate the relationship of counselor sex guilt to sex knowledge, sex attitudes, and level of facilitativeness towards the sexual concerns of adolescents.Method. Eighty-six volunteer subjects who had completed a minimum of a master's level practicum in Counseling Psychology were administered the Mosher Forced-Choice Guilt Inventory-Sex Guilt Scale and the Sex Attitude and Knowledge Survey. Subjects' written responses to a parallel form of Carkhuff's Communication Index consisting of 16 female adolescent stimulus statements entering around issues of premarital sex, contraception, and abortion, were rated by trained raters to assess facilitativeness.Results. Significant negative Pearson correlations were found among sex guilt and sex knowledge, sex attitudes and facilitativeness. Significant correlations were also found between sex attitudes, sex knowledge and facilitativeness. In the total sample sex knowledge, sex guilt, and sex attitudes were found to be significant predictors of facilitativeness, however, when the variables were combined sex knowledge accounted for the largest portion of unique variance. In a discriminant analysis performed among high and low facilitative counselor groups, sex knowledge emerged as a significant predictor.Conclusions. It was concluded that sex knowledge, sex guilt, and sex attitudes are factors that appear to affect counselor facilitativeness in this area. Sex knowledge appears to be a predictive factor in facilitative ability. Suggestions for further research as well as possible implications for counselor training are discussed.


Psychology, Clinical

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