A Comparison of Professional and Non-professional Counselors on the FIRO-B

by Jeffrey Gardner Davidson

Institution: California State University – East Bay
Degree: MSin Education
Year: 2015
Keywords: Volunteer workers in mental health
Record ID: 2062122
Full text PDF: http://hdl.handle.net/10211.3/138686


Six groups of persons working in the helping professions were compared with two groups of suicide prevention volunteers using the FIRO-B test of social personality. The volunteer groups consisted of those with less than six months experience and those who had more than .six months experience. The professional groups were teachers, clergymen, social workers, probation officers, physicians, and a group of psychologists and psychiatrists. An analysis of the variance was performed on each of the six FIRO-B scales. No significant difference was found on five of these scales. A significant difference was found on the Control Wanted scale. A Newman-Keuls post hoc analysis revealed the clergymen to be significantly different on this scale from the physicians. The experimental data, along with some biographically descriptive data, are interpreted and discussed in detail.