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The Counselling Self-Estimate Inventory (COSE): does it work in Chinese counsellors?

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Counselling self-efficacy is an important construct for research and evaluation in counsellors' competencies and training effectiveness. Larson et al. developed the Counselling Self-Estimate Inventory (COSE) for counsellors in America and examined its factor structure using exploratory factor analysis. They recommended a five-factor model (microskills, counselling process, difficult client behaviour, cultural competence, and awareness of values) and the use of the COSE for future research. However, little research has investigated the validity of the COSE in the context of counselling Chinese students in schools. In the present study, the factor structure of responses to the Chinese version of the Counselling Self-Estimate Inventory in a sample of 578 Hong Kong secondary school guidance teachers was examined using the EQS approach to confirmatory factor analysis. The results showed that while a five-factor model was fairly able to fit the data, the deletion of items related to the awareness of values factor yielded a better fitting model. The discussion of potential uses and limitations of the C-COSE in the context of preparing and supervising school guidance personnel in student counselling is relevant to counselling psychologists and researchers in Hong Kong and other parts of the world.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: University of Hong Kong Faculty of Education China 2: Hong Kong Baptist University Department of Educational Studies China 3: Department of Educational Studies University of Hong Kong China 4: Department of Educational Psychology The Chinese University of Hong Kong China 5: Department of Social Work The Chinese University of Hong Kong China

Publication date: June 1, 2004

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