Perceptions of Effectiveness Among College Students Toward Marriage and Family Counseling and Therapy
The Family Journal: Counseling and Therapy for Couples and Families
Unlike perceptions toward professional counseling, public opinions do not typically associate marriage and family counseling or therapy with treatments of mental disorders. The current survey of college students in this sample confirmed that most would not recommend, specifically, marriage and family therapists (MFTs) for mental health evaluations, psychiatric symptoms, intelligence and personality assessments, drug abuses, among others. The only situation for which students would most recommend an MFT is issues pertaining to marriage and the family. Implications for professional promotion and credentialing include enhancing the visibility, availability, and qualifications of marriage and family counselors (MFCs) or therapists especially through educational venues such as schools as well as media outlets.
Professional counseling, marriage and family counseling, marriage and family therapists, perceptions of professionals, professional credentials
Tse, L., Wantz, R., & Firmin, M. (2010). Perceptions of effectiveness among college students toward marriage and family therapy. The Family Journal: Counseling and Therapy for Couples and Families, 18, 269-274.