Psychologists' clinical evaluations and attitudes: An examination of the influence of gender and sexual orientation

Amy M.V. Bowers, Kathleen J. Bieschke

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Abstract

Becoming aware of factors that may affect differential treatment of clients is necessary for psychologists to practice competently. Scholarly writing and empirical studies have suggested that therapist gender, client gender, and client sexual orientation are 3 such factors, This study examined therapist gender, client gender, and client sexual orientation in relation to psychologists' attitudes and clinical evaluations for clients. Results indicated that female psychologists held more positive attitudes and treatment expectations for clients than did male psychologists and that some psychologists hold inconsistent attitudes toward female clients generally and lesbian, gay, and bisexual clients in particular. Continuing education and consultation are recommended to increase psychologists' awareness of gender and sexual orientation issues and potential influences in treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)97-103
Number of pages7
JournalProfessional Psychology: Research and Practice
Volume36
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Psychology(all)

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