Date of Award

5-5-2009

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (Ded)

Department

Educational and School Psychology

First Advisor

Lynanne Black, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Edward Levinson, Ed.D.

Third Advisor

Mark J. Staszkiewicz, Ed.D.

Fourth Advisor

Kristine Augustyniak, Ph.D.

Abstract

Extant literature regarding school psychologist training for work with sexual minority youth is lacking, with available literature suggesting that practitioners do not possess strong training for work with this at-risk group of students. The present study sought to determine the extent to which school psychologists across the nation are working with LGBQ youth in the schools, ascertain information regarding the types of LGBQ training school psychologists have had, and explore their perceptions of their own preparedness when working with LGBQ clients, as well as their perceived need for additional training and programming to best serve this population. Results gleaned from 192 respondents yielded a wealth of information regarding practitioner training, preparation, experience, and perception of needed supports for LGBQ youth in the schools. Relatively few practitioners indicated previous work with sexual minority youth, with approximately half indicating that they had received some form of training for work with LGBQ adolescents. Surprisingly low numbers of respondents indicated agreement with the provision of school based supports suggested by NASP LGBQT position statements. Hypotheses regarding the influence of demographic variables such as sex, age, population density, region, and population served were largely rejected.

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