College Students' Perceptions of a Psychotherapist's Treatment of a Religious Issue: Partial Replication and Extension

Michael McCullough, Everett L. Worthington

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A study of the influence of a counselor's treatment of a client's religious values, observers' religiosity, and their interaction on observers' perceptions of counseling (Morrow, Worthington, & McCullough, 1992) was partially replicated and extended. Religious beliefs were differentiated from religious values as determinants of observers' perceptions of counseling. Student observers (N = 148) viewed one of two videotaped counseling interactions in which a counselor either supported or challenged a client's religious values. Dividing observers into high and low levels of Christian belief did not result in their perceiving religiously supportive or challenging counseling differently. Dividing observers into high and low levels of religious values produced consistent differences in how they perceived religiously supportive and challenging counseling. Findings supported the theory that people with strong religious values perceive counseling differently than people with weaker religious values. 1995 American Counseling Association

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)626-634
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Counseling & Development
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1995
Externally publishedYes


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  • Applied Psychology

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