Open Access Graduate Research Paper
Counseling--Religious aspects; Gays--Counseling of--Religious aspects;
This paper sought to investigate how religious beliefs affect counseling students' thoughts about referring gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) clients. A thorough review of the research literature examined: attitudes toward sexual minorities, religiosity and attitudes toward sexual minorities, and GLBT issues in counselor education. Findings suggest religious attitudes are often related to negative, or at least, non-affirming beliefs/behaviors towards members of sexual minority groups. There are serious legal and ethical implications for counselors who refuse to treat GLBT clients. The research also suggests education can be a means of moderating discriminatory tendencies in counseling students who struggle with balancing their personal religious values against the best interest of GLBT clients. Suggestions for future research are included.
Year of Submission
Master of Arts
Educational Leadership, Counseling, and Postsecondary Education
Linda J. Nebbe
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©2007 Cynthia R. Boyle
Boyle, Cynthia R., "When to refer : Religiosity and counseling students' decision to refer GLBT clients" (2007). Graduate Research Papers. 382.