Journal of Human Services
This study sought to confirm rates of attendance in counseling of human service professionals and validate a 32-item questionnaire designed to identify barriers to counseling seeking behavior among this population. Results indicated that a large percentage of human service professionals attend counseling, with males and females attending at similar rates and non-Caucasians attending at lower rates. A multivariate analysis of variance and descriptive statistics identified the most common barriers to attendance in counseling and examined demographic differences in participants’ sensitivity towards barriers to attendance in counseling. A Principal Factor Analysis (PFA) revealed three subscales (fit, value, and stigma), which we called the Fit, Stigma, & Value (FSV) Scale. How the instrument can be used with students in human service programs, and with human service professionals, to reduce barriers to attendance in counseling and ultimately ameliorate personal problems, reduce vicarious traumatization, and limit countertransference are discussed.
Original Publication Citation
Neukrug, E. S., Kalkbrenner, M. T., & Griffith, S.-A. M. (2017). Barriers to counseling among human service professionals: The development and validation of the Fit, Stigma, & Value Scale. Journal of Human Services, 37(1), 27-40.
Neukrug, Edward S.; Kalkbrenner, Michael T.; and Griffith, Sandy-Ann M., "Barriers to Counseling Among Human Service Professionals: The Development and Validation of the Fit, Stigma, & Value Scale" (2017). Counseling & Human Services Faculty Publications. 17.