Gender and Sexual Identity-Based Predictors of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Affirmative Counseling Self-Efficacy

Frank Dillon, Roger L. Worthington, Angela M. Soth-McNett, Seth J. Schwartz

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Abstract

This exploratory study applies the tenets of social cognitive theory to investigate the influence of gender self-confidence and of sexual identity exploration and commitment on lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) affirmative counselor self-efficacy. Data were gathered from a convenience sample of 178 mental health clinicians. Controlling for participants' age, professional experience, level of income, race and ethnicity, and sexual orientation, findings revealed that higher levels of LGB-affirmative counseling self-efficacy were positively associated with gender self-definition and with sexual identity commitment. Post hoc analyses conducted with the 5 subscales of the LGB-affirmative counseling self-efficacy measure indicated that findings varied across specific self-efficacy domains. Implications of these results for continuing education, training, and research promoting LGB-affirmative psychotherapy are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)353-360
Number of pages8
JournalProfessional Psychology: Research and Practice
Volume39
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2008
Externally publishedYes

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Self Efficacy
Counseling
Sexual Minorities
Continuing Education
Psychotherapy
Sexual Behavior
Mental Health

Keywords

  • counseling
  • gender identity
  • self-efficacy
  • sexual identity
  • sexual orientation

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  • Psychology(all)

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Gender and Sexual Identity-Based Predictors of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Affirmative Counseling Self-Efficacy. / Dillon, Frank; Worthington, Roger L.; Soth-McNett, Angela M.; Schwartz, Seth J.

In: Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, Vol. 39, No. 3, 01.06.2008, p. 353-360.

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Dillon, Frank ; Worthington, Roger L. ; Soth-McNett, Angela M. ; Schwartz, Seth J. / Gender and Sexual Identity-Based Predictors of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Affirmative Counseling Self-Efficacy. In: Professional Psychology: Research and Practice. 2008 ; Vol. 39, No. 3. pp. 353-360.
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