Journal of Counselor Preparation and Supervision

Document Type

Empirical Research Article


Foreign-born students, counselor self-efficacy, and acculturative stress.

Subject Area

Counseling, Counselor Education


Foreign-born students are present in counselor education programs, yet limited research exists understanding how their race-ethnicity impacts their counselor self-efficacy or acculturative stress. This current investigation examined the effects of race-ethnicity on counselor self-efficacy and acculturative stress within a sample of 94 foreign-born counseling students (FBCSs). Results of a one-way MANOVA revealed that compared with Caucasian FBCSs, students who self-identified as Hispanic/Latinx, Asian/Pacific Islander, Black/African, and other reported significant changes in counselor self-efficacy and acculturative stress. These groups reported less counselor self-efficacy and higher levels of acculturative stress than Caucasian FBCSs, highlighting the importance of with-in group differences, such as race-ethnicity. Implications for counselor educators and supervisors, limitations, and recommendations for future research are provided.



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