Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Identifier

2714

Date

2016

Date of Award

7-19-2016

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Education

Major

Counseling

Committee Chair

Steve Zanskas

Committee Member

Sara Bridges

Committee Member

Nancy Nishimura

Committee Member

Elin Ovrebo

Abstract

The purpose of the study was to examine the relationship among constructs related to spirituality (religious/spiritual practice, religious/spiritual belief, sense of purpose/connection, and sense of hope/control) and reported degree of likelihood to feel guilt and shame among individuals who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or queer. If clear relationships can be identified between the components of spirituality that predict lower levels of proneness to feel guilt and shame, counselors can use this information to provide interventions to clients who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or queer. Furthermore, the current study attempted to identify relationships that counselor educators can use when training students to understand their client populations who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or queer. Based on the purpose of the study, the following research questions were formulated: (a) What is the relationship between constructs related to spirituality (religious/spiritual practice, religious/spiritual belief, sense of purpose/connection, and sense of hope/control) and reported likelihood to feel guilt and shame; (b) What is the relationship between likelihood to feel guilt and shame and internalized homophobia; (c) What is the relationship between spirituality and internalized homophobia? Results of multiple linear regression analysis indicated that there were statistically significant relationships between constructs related to spirituality and proneness to feel shame and internalized homophobia.

Comments

Data is provided by the student.

Library Comment

dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.

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