Affective implications of seeking psychological counseling

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Asked 315 undergraduates to evaluate either “a typical person,” “a typical person seeking counseling,” “a client seeking counseling,” or “a patient seeking counseling” on the Personal Attitude Inventory. Ss evaluated a typical person significantly more positively than the other target groups mentioned above. These findings held regardless of the sex of the respondent or whether the respondents had previously sought counseling services. It appears that counselors may need to continue to educate the public to offset the negative stereotypes that seem to be surrounding counseling and those who seek it. (6 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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