Individualism and counseling: An empirical examination of the prevalence of individualistic values in psychologists’ responses to case vignettes

Blaine J. Fowers, Michael Tredinnick, Brooks Applegate

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Abstract

The authors examined psychologists’ preference for Individualistic values in their responses to clinical case vignettes. Two samples of practicing psychologists (N = 229) were found to favor individualistic responses to clinical difficulties. The respondents chose utilitarian individualistic responses most frequently. The second most common response to the vignettes involved individualistic descriptions with expressive, growth oriented themes. Responses based on worldviews emphasizing social embeddedness and responsibility were relatively infrequent. Participants favored individualistic views for both socially integrated and socially isolated clients. The implications of this bias in favor of individualistic values are discussed with respect to the prominence and influence of counseling theory and practice in contemporary society.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)204-217
Number of pages14
JournalCounseling and Values
Volume41
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Religious studies

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