Inclusion of Religious Behaviors and Attitudes in Counseling; Expectations of Conservative Christians

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
J. Scott Young, Professor and Chair (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site:

Abstract: In this study of 118 religiously conservative Christians' expectations of counseling, participants were randomly assigned to 1 of 2 treatment conditions: a Christian counselor or a counselor whose religious beliefs were unknown. Participants rated their expectations for the counselor's attitude toward their religious beliefs and use of religious behaviors in counseling using the Behavior and Attitude Expectancies scale (C. Belaire & J. S. Young, 2002). Participants also rated their general expectations for counseling using the Expectations About Counseling: Brief Form (H. E. A. Tinsley, 1985). Results showed that participants expected both a Christian counselor and a counselor whose religious beliefs were unknown to be respectful and accepting of conservative Christian religious beliefs and values and to include multiple religious behaviors in counseling sessions. Participants had overall positive expectations of the counseling process.

Additional Information

Counseling & Values, Vol. 49, no. 2, p. 82-94.
Language: English
Date: 2005
Conservative Christian, Counseling, Client expectations, Religion, Spirituality

Email this document to