Title

Counselors' Social Class and Socioeconomic Status Understanding and Awareness

Document Type

Article

Language

English

Publication Date

10-2016

Publisher

American Counseling Association

Source Publication

Journal of Counseling and Development

Source ISSN

0748-9633

Abstract

Nine licensed professional counselors participated in semi-structured interviews designed to reveal their awareness and understanding about social class and socioeconomic status (SES). Findings suggest that participants' descriptions of social class and SES often are in-congruent with how they use the terms, and their awareness and understanding may be limited because of developmental factors, indicating potential clinical liabilities. The authors suggest that counselors should develop stronger social class consciousness to provide affirming counseling services and that further research on such strategies is needed.

Comments

Journal of Counseling and Development, Vol. 94, No. 4 (October, 2016): 442-453. DOI.

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