Reliability Analysis of the Counselor Activity Self-Efficacy Scale

Reliability Analysis of the Counselor Activity Self-Efficacy Scale

5 Pages · 2011 · 428 KB · English

Numerous research findings have highlighted counseling self-efficacy, defined as the strength of perceived competencies in successfully performing the tasks and roles of a counselor, as one of the most important factors affecting counselors' performance. This preliminary study incorporated item 

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Procedia Social and Behavioral Sciences Procedia Social and Behavioral Sciences 00 (20 11) 000 –000 www elsevier com/locate/proce dia * Elham Bagheri e mail: [email protected] W CP CG 2011 Reliability Analysis of the Counselor Activity SelfEfficacy Scale (CASES) In a Malaysian Context: A Preliminary Study Elham Bagheri*, Wan Marzuki Wan Jaafar, Maznah Baba Faculty of Educational Studies, University Putra Malaysia Abstract Numerous research findings have highlighted counseling self efficacy, defined as the strength of perceived competencies in successfully performing the tasks and roles of a counselor, as one of the most important factors affecting counselors’ performance Thi s preliminary study incorporated item analysis and reliability analysis to determine the quality of the items, and reliability of the Counselor Activity Self efficacy Scale (CASES) developed by Lent, Hill, and Hoffman (2003) in a Malaysian setting It involved 30 final year students of Bachelor of Education (Guidance and Counseling) program in a public university in Malaysia CASES is a self administered instrument used to measure counseling students’ self efficacy regarding their helping skills, manageme nt of counseling process, and coping with challenges of different counseling situations Item analyses revealed that majority of the items of CASES are of high quality The findings confirmed the overall internal reliability of the scale (alpha= 98) Specifically, subsections of the scale were highly reliable in measuring counseling self efficacy of university students, helping skills (alpha=93), management of counseling process (alpha=95), coping with challenges of different counseling situations (alpha=97) Implications of the findings for counselor education and areas for future research are discussed © 2011 Published by Elsevier Ltd Keywords: Reliability, Counselor Activity Self efficacy Scale, Counseling Self efficacy, Counseling student 1 Introduction Understanding the process of developing counseling skills in individuals has been one of the main concerns of scholars in different disciplines specifically, counseling educators (Russell, Crimmings, & Lent, 1984) One promising approach was the ext ension of the social cognitive theory (Bandura, 1986, 1997) to the study of counselor development By definition, counselor self efficacy refers to counselors’ beliefs about their ability to perform counseling related tasks and behaviors particularly in challenging clinical situations (Larson & Daniels, 1998) A robust body of research findings indicates the significant relationship of counseling self efficacy and counselors’ performance (Lent et al 2003; Larson and Daniels, 1998) Strong beliefs on counse ling skills are important for trainees and students who are learning and developing their counseling skills in two ways First, counselor self efficacy affects different aspects of trainees’ clinical functioning, such as the nature of their cognitive, affe ctive, and © 2011 Published by Elsevier Ltd Selection and/or peerreview under responsibility of the 2nd World Conference on Psychology, Counselling and Guidance Open access under CC BYNCND license 18770428 © 2011 Published by Elsevier Ltd Selection and/or peerreview under responsibility of the 2nd World Conference on Psychology, Counselling and Guidance Open access under CC BYNCND licenseProcedia Social and Behavioral Sciences 30 (2011) 871 – 875 Available online at wwwsciencedirectcom doi:101016/jsbspro201110169 872 Elham Ba gheri et al / Procedia Social and Behavioral Sciences 30 (2011) 871 – 875 Elham Bagheri, Wan Marzuki Wan Jaafar,Maznah Baba– Social and Behavioral Sciences 00 ( 2011 ) 000 –000 behavioral responses to counseling tasks and roles (Larson, 1998) Second, counselor self efficacy explains certain aspects of trainees’ career development, such

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