Electronic Theses and Dissertations



Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


Counselor Education and Supervision

Committee Chair

Steve West

Committee Member

Patrick Murphy

Committee Member

Rosie Davis

Committee Member

Melanie Burgess


Poverty is an intersectional issue that affects at least 11.5% of the population in the United States. Research has shown that there is a relationship between a clinician’s attitudes towards poverty and how they treat their impoverished clients. People in poverty present with unique counseling needs and mental health concerns. Prior research has shown a connection between multicultural competency along with time in a helping field and decreased stigma towards poverty. With CACREP programs emphasizing multicultural competency and fieldwork through practicum and internships, this study sought to explore the relationship between student time in a CACREP program and attitudes towards poverty. Participants were 182 counseling students in the United States currently in a CACREP accredited program. The researcher sent out a survey containing the Attitudes Towards Poverty- Short Form scale, as well as gathered information on how many classes the participants had completed, and whether they had completed a multicultural course, practicum, and internship. Results indicated no statistically significant differences between the groups that were further along in the program or who had taken certain courses and those that had not. Implications for future research include continued research into counseling students’ attitudes towards poverty, as well as examinations of CACREP programs effectiveness in covering topics of poverty.


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Library Comment

Dissertation or thesis originally submitted to ProQuest.


Open Access