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Counselor professional identity: construction and validation of the counselor professional identity measure

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Carla Henderson Emerson (Creator)
Institution
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
Advisor
Kelly Wester

Abstract: The purpose of this study was to create a reliable and valid measure of counselor professional identity (CPI) that could be used with all counseling specialties and across the career span. A comprehensive definition of counselor professional identity was derived from the literature and used as the framework for creating the measure. Confirmatory factor analysis revealed that the original six subscale structure of the instrument was too simplistic. To gain a better understanding of the factor structure of the measure, exploratory factor analysis, also was conducted. Findings from both the confirmatory and exploratory factor analysis, along with results from additional exploratory analyses are reported. Implications for the counseling profession are discussed in relation to the findings.

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Publication
Dissertation
Language: English
Date: 2010
Keywords
Counseling, Counselor, Counselor Identity, Factor Analysis, Instrument Creation, Professional Identity
Subjects
Counselors $x Attitudes.
Counselors $x Professional ethics.
Counseling $x Standards.
Identity (Philosophical concept)