The Professional Counselor
The primary aim of this study was to cross-validate the Revised Fit, Stigma, & Value (FSV) Scale, a questionnaire for measuring barriers to counseling, using a stratified random sample of adults in the United States. Researchers also investigated the percentage of adults living in the United States that had previously attended counseling and examined demographic differences in participants’ sensitivity to barriers to counseling. The results of a confirmatory factor analysis supported the factorial validity of the three-dimensional FSV model. Results also revealed that close to one-third of adults in the United States have attended counseling, with women attending counseling at higher rates (35%) than men (28%). Implications for practice, including how professional counselors, counseling agencies, and counseling professional organizations can use the FSV Scale to appraise and reduce barriers to counseling among prospective clients are discussed.
Original Publication Citation
Kalkbrenner, M. T., & Neukrug, E. S. (2018). Identifying barriers to attendance in counseling among adults in the United States: Confirming the factor structure of the revised fit, stigma, & value scale. The Professional Counselor, 8(4), 299-313. doi:10.15241/mtk.8.4.299
Kalkbrenner, Michael T. and Neukrug, Edward S., "Identifying Barriers to Attendance in Counseling Among Adults in the United States: Confirming the Factor Structure of the Revised Fit, Stigma, & Value Scale" (2018). Counseling & Human Services Faculty Publications. 48.