THE EFFECTS OF GENDER SENSITIVITY GROUP GUIDANCE PROGRAMS ON COUNSELOR CANDIDATES? GENDER ROLES ATTITUDE

Abstract

Author(s): Melike KOY???T ZY???T, Erkan ALKAN, M羹ge YILMAZ

Gender roles; are the subject of research in many fields as health service, economics, politics and education. These studies reveal the disparities and inequalities of representation of the two genders in the social sphere, and discuss the dimensions that make up this disparity and inequality and cause them to be reproduced. In this study, with emphasis on the importance of gaining awareness of the gender roles and having a gender-sensitive perspective of counselors as a mental health employee, the "Gender Roles Sensitivity" group guidance program’s effect to egalitarian attitudes toward gender roles of counselor candidate has been studied. For this purpose, 30 counselors candidate participated in 3 groups as experimental, control and placebo groups. Gender Roles Attitude Scale was used as data collection tool in the study. At the end of the six-week Gender Role Sensitivity group guidance program, it was seen that counselors candidates’ post-test scores participating in the group guidance program increased significantly compared to those who did not participate in the program. The follow-up measurement showed that the increase in points in the experimental group fell in the follow-up measurements but is still higher than the pre-test results of the group. Lastly, suggestions were made for the counselors to gain sensitivity to gender roles in the light of the research findings.

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