COUNSELOR EFFECTIVENESS: RELATIONSHIP TO DEATH ANXIETY AND ATTITUDES TOWARD DISABLED PERSONS
AuthorFish, Dale Edward
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractThe purpose of this study was to examine the relationships among death anxiety, attitudes toward disabled persons and counselor effectiveness. The subjects of this study were 50 masters degree students at The University of Arizona. All subjects were volunteers and were enrolled in the Rehabilitation Counseling graduate program. Additionally, they had all completed a five-week Human Resource Development Program. The subjects were individually administered the Death Anxiety Scale (DAS), the Attitudes toward Disabled Persons Scale (ATDP), Form B, and the 16 stimulus expressions from the Carkhuff Communication Index. The stimulus expressions were on audio tape and the subjects' responses were recorded for rating purposes. A t-test of means was used to search for differences between less effective counselor trainees and more effective counselor trainees in their levels of death anxiety and their attitudes toward disabled persons. The relationship among death anxiety, attitudes toward disabled persons and counselor effectiveness was investigated using the Pearson correlation coefficient. In general, the results of the study indicate that less effective counselor trainees do not significantly differ from more effective counselor trainees in either their levels of death anxiety or in their attitudes toward disabled persons. However, a significant negative correlation exists between counselor trainees' levels of death anxiety and their attitudes toward disabled persons. Therefore, counselor trainees with high levels of death anxiety viewed disabled persons as being dissimilar to able-bodied persons.
Degree ProgramGraduate College