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A Qualitative Exploration of Counseling Students' Perception of Altruism

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  • JACQUELINE M. SWANK,

    1. Department of Educational and Human Sciences, University of Central Florida.
    2. Now at School of Human Development and Organizational Studies in Education, University of Florida.
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  • JONATHAN H. OHRT,

    1. Department of Educational and Human Sciences, University of Central Florida.
    2. Now at Department of Counseling and Higher Education, University of North Texas.
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  • E. H. MIKE ROBINSON

    1. Department of Educational and Human Sciences, University of Central Florida.
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  • This research was supported in part by the Heintzelman Endowment for the Study of Greed and Development of Altruism.

concerning this article should be addressed to Jacqueline M. Swank, School of Human Development and Organizational Studies in Education, University of Florida, 1202 Norman, PO Box 117046, Gainesville, FL 32611 (e-mail: jswank@coe.ufl.edu).

Abstract

Empathy is essential to the therapeutic relationship (Rogers, 1957). Altruism appears to be related to empathy, but there has been limited research investigating its development in counselors. This qualitative study explored the development of altruism as perceived by 19 counseling students. The authors discuss the findings and implications for counselor education.

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