The relationship between counseling self-efficacy and communication skills of volunteer rape crisis advocates

Kellie E. Carlyle, Anthony J. Roberto

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This research examines the relationships between communication competence, communication anxiety, and five subdimensions of counseling self-efficacy. The sample consists of volunteers trained at two rape crisis centers (n = 63) over a one-year period. As hypothesized, communication anxiety was negatively related and communication competence positively related to the subdimensions of counseling self-efficacy. Results suggest that training programs need to be aware of how personality characteristics may affect a volunteer's ability to become an efficacious counselor. Implications for how rape crisis centers can integrate these communication issues into their training programs and improve the self-efficacy of their advocates are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)185-193
Number of pages9
JournalCommunication Research Reports
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 2007



  • Communication Anxiety
  • Communication Competence
  • Rape Crisis Advocate
  • Self-Efficacy

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  • Communication

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