The Attitudes and Experiences of Marriage and Family Counselors for Same-Sex Couple and Family Clients: A Qualitative Study

Authors

  • Luis Miguel Dos Santos Woosong University, 27 Baengnyong-ro 57beon-gil, Jayang-dong, Dong-gu, Daejeon, South Korea

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.36941/jesr-2022-0004

Keywords:

counselor education, curriculum reform, LGBT, marriage and family counselor, same-sex couple and family, same-sex marriage, social work

Abstract

Same-sex marriage and family counselors usually do not have enough experience and training background to help same-sex couples with marriage and family issues. Some counselors may have a personal bias toward same-sex couples due to the absence of same-sex couples and families’ background. Marriage and family counselors provide counseling services to their clients with marriage and family problems and conflicts, resulting in a positive recovery negotiation. The purpose of this study was to understand and investigate the attitudes of marriage and family counselors regarding same-sex couples and families, an area ignored in mainstream marriage and family counseling. Based on 300 surveys and 38 interviews from marriage and family counselors in the United States, the researcher categorized that more than half of the participants expressed negative attitudes against same-sex couples and families, due to cheating, unsafe sexual activities, and domestic violence. Some counselors refused to provide counseling services to same-sex couples and families due to misunderstanding and prejudice. The results suggested that additional in-service professional developments and curriculum reforms are essential to promoting multicultural family structure.

 

Received: 13 September 2021 / Accepted: 25 November 2021 / Published: 3 January 2022

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Published

2022-01-03

How to Cite

Dos Santos, L. M. . (2022). The Attitudes and Experiences of Marriage and Family Counselors for Same-Sex Couple and Family Clients: A Qualitative Study. Journal of Educational and Social Research, 12(1), 24. https://doi.org/10.36941/jesr-2022-0004