Doctor of Philosophy
Spokane, Arnold R.
Other advisers/committee members
Gray Evans, Laurie; Richman, Carol M.; Hojnoski, Robin L.; Weiskotten, David R.
Graduate trainees (n = 156) enrolled in clinical psychology and counseling psychology programs in the United States were categorized based on responses to measures of personality (NEO-FFI-3; McCrae & Costa, 2010), social desirability (M-C SDS; Crowne & Marlowe, 1960), perceived threat of discussing sexual information (SSDS; Catania et al., 1986), development (SLQ-R; McNeill, et al., 1992), experience, and level of training in sexual issues in supervision. Subjects were clustered using Ward's hierarchical method. Data revealed the identification of three trainee clusters, described as: evolving intermediates (44%), advancing achievers (37%), and navigating novices (19%). Discriminant analysis supported the differentiation of clusters and suggested that stability and drive for success along with nervousness and inexperience accounted for a majority of the discrimination. Thirty percent of subjects reported the experience of sexual attraction for a clinical supervisor, which varied significantly across clusters. Forty-two percent of "evolving intermediates", 21% of "advancing achievers", and 17% of "navigating novices" experienced sexual attraction in supervision. Four percent of subjects who reported sexual attraction experience also reported disclosing the attraction in supervision. Self-disclosure and trainee perception of the supervisory working alliance were not related to cluster membership. Implications for practice, research, and training are discussed.
Kreider, Elizabeth DeBoer, "Talking About Sexual Attraction in Supervision: Trainee Experience and Disclosure in Supervision" (2013). Theses and Dissertations. 1528.