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2009

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Bias

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Do You See What I See? : Making The Invisible Visible Through An Exploration Of The Intersubjective Experience Of Social Work Clinicians Working With Fat Clients, Lauren Polly Hanson Aug 2009

Do You See What I See? : Making The Invisible Visible Through An Exploration Of The Intersubjective Experience Of Social Work Clinicians Working With Fat Clients, Lauren Polly Hanson

Theses, Dissertations, and Projects

This qualitative study was designed with flexible research methods to explore experiences of clinical social workers in sitting with and developing relationships with fat clients. Using an intersubjective theoretical lens, this research investigates clinicians' countertransference or beliefs about fatness in the relationship building process with fat clients. An analysis of the literature revealed multiple meanings for fat, complex dynamics in therapeutic relationships and potential parallels between some racial oppressions and fat oppression using the concept of visible difference. This exploratory study presents findings based on nine semi-structured interviews with clinical social workers who see fat clients. Participants were asked about ...


Echoes Of Racism : An Exploration Into Skin Color Bias Within The African American Community, Claretta D. Daniels Aug 2009

Echoes Of Racism : An Exploration Into Skin Color Bias Within The African American Community, Claretta D. Daniels

Theses, Dissertations, and Projects

This study was conducted to ascertain the kinds of messages that African Americans are being exposed to that introduce them to the existence and reality of skin color bias within the African American community. This included identifying the time frame, source, and nature of those exposures as well as exploring the efforts African Americans have made to try to protect younger generations of African Americans from the impact of skin color bias within the African American community. This study used a descriptive, fixed method research design in the form of an online survey instrument that contained both a quantitative and ...


What's The Skinny On Fat Women In Psychotherapy : Mental Health Clinicians' Countertransference With Women Of Size, Maisha Najuma Aza Aug 2009

What's The Skinny On Fat Women In Psychotherapy : Mental Health Clinicians' Countertransference With Women Of Size, Maisha Najuma Aza

Theses, Dissertations, and Projects

This qualitative study was conducted to explore mental health clinicians' possible countertransference with clients who are women of size. This study intends to contribute to the growing clinical literature on size bias in psychotherapy by focusing on clinicians' countertransference in depth. Twelve clinicians participated in this study, from various mental health backgrounds and degrees from licensed clinical social workers to clinical psychologists. The data in this study suggests that clinicians experience intense, and often negative, countertransference with their clients who are women of size. Some clinicians were aware of their fat bias and prejudice out in the world, yet were ...