Helper preference in disadvantaged students

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This article explores the effects of race, racial self-designation, sex, and previous counseling experience on the preferences of disadvantaged students for a helper of the same race, same sex, same age, and same social class background. 194 disadvantaged students completed an 8-item general information questionnaire and a 4-item preference scale derived from work done by G. C. Jackson and S. A. Kirschner (see record 1974-08004-001). Results indicate that while there is a slight preference in all disadvantaged groups for a helper of the same sex, age, and race, there is a definite preference for a helper of the same social class background. (27 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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