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A Cross-Cultural Study of the Self-Confidence of Counselors-in-Training

  • Suhyun Suh
  • C. Veronica Crawford
  • Karin K. Hansing
  • Sadi Fox
  • Minhee Cho
  • Eunbi Chang
  • Seongchan Lee
  • Sang Min Lee
ORIGINAL ARTICLE

Abstract

In this era of globalization, cross-cultural comparison studies could help counselor training programs enhance educational opportunities that are informative, supportive, and culturally responsive to students. Counselors-in-training in both the United States and South Korea were sampled in this study assessing self-esteem (individual and collective) and counselor activity self-efficacy (CA self-efficacy). Results indicated that American students endorsed higher levels of collective self-esteem and CA self-efficacy compared to Korean students. Age was positively correlated with CA self-efficacy in both the American and Korean samples. Additionally, the variable of supervision hours and internship experience was positively correlated with CA self-efficacy for American students, but showed no relationship with CA self-efficacy for Korea students. Implications for understanding the cultural differences of counseling-trainees’ self-confidence and the need for conducting cross-cultural comparison studies to provide insights about the training and development of trainees in cross-cultural settings are discussed.

Keywords

Counselors-in-training Counselor activity self-efficacy Self-esteem Cross cultural studies American and Korean students 

Notes

Compliance with Ethical Standards

The authors declared that they have no conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Special Education, Rehabilitation, & CounselingAuburn UniversityAuburnUSA
  2. 2.Department of Education, College of EducationKorea UniversitySeoulSouth Korea

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