The future of counseling psychology research viewed through the cultural lens approach

Christine Robitschek, Erin E. Hardin

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Abstract

In this article, we address the need for the future of counseling psychology research to adequately address issues of relevance and application of our theories across cultural groups. We bring the cultural lens approach (CLA; Hardin, Robitschek, Flores, Navarro, & Ashton, 2014) home to its roots in counseling psychology and address the approach's application specifically within counseling psychology theory. First we provide a brief description of the CLA. Then we offer an in-depth example of how to apply the CLA to a specific theory, using Super's (1953, 1957) Life-Span, Life-Space Theory of Career Development, and more specifically, the self-concept as an example. Importantly, we articulate how the CLA yields specific, testable hypotheses, providing multiple examples. We conclude with implications of the CLA for implementation of counseling psychology values, evaluating psychological theory, and research training. Adopting the CLA in future counseling psychology research will increase the cultural sensitivity of our work and widen the relevance and applicability of our findings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)359-368
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of counseling psychology
Volume64
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2017

Keywords

  • Cultural lens approach
  • Cultural validity
  • Life-span life-space
  • Self-concept
  • Super's archway model

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