2005 Student Research Conference:
18th Annual Student Research Conference

Education

Perceptions of the Elderly Among Counselors-in-Training
Mariana Lemp♦
Dr. Christopher J. Maglio, Faculty Mentor

This study is being conducted to determine whether counselors-in-training hold any negative biases against the elderly that may adversely affect their treatment. The two independent variables that will be studied are age of client depicted in the vignette and level of participant exposure to elderly people. The age of the client will be manipulated at random for participants depending on which form of the instrument they are presented. Level of exposure to elderly people within the last year will be determined based on participant responses to the demographic questionnaire and will not be experimentally manipulated. Approximately two hundred counselors-in-training will be surveyed from Master’s in Counseling programs in the state of Missouri. The pool of counselors-in-training will be obtained through the program directors at each of the eligible Masters programs in Missouri. Each student will be emailed with the survey and given the opportunity to voluntarily participate.

Keywords: counselors, perceptions, elderly

Topic(s):Counseling

Presentation Type: Poster

Session: 29-8
Location: OP Lobby & Atrium
Time: 1:15

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