Erby, A. (2014). A composite model of heterosexual identity, self-deception, and lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) counseling competence: A mediation model. Unc Charlotte Electronic Theses And Dissertations.
The study used structural equation modeling to test a correlational model of the relationship between heterosexual identity and LGB counseling competence, testing self-deception as a mediator. A proposed composite model of heterosexual identity was developed using recurrent themes extracted from conceptual models and qualitative research findings. These themes included sexual orientation identity, heterosexual privilege awareness, internalized affirmativeness, value conflict, and negativity. A sample of 207 heterosexual-identified graduate students in CACREP-accredited counseling programs participated in an online survey. Results of the measurement model for heterosexual identity indicated that the proposed model was a good fit to the data and that all paths were statistically significant. The measurement model for LGB counseling competence well fit the data, and all but one paths were statistically significant. Results of the structural model indicated a strong relationship between heterosexual identity and LGB counseling competence, with all paths statistically significant. However, no significant paths were identified between heterosexual identity and self-deception or between self-deception and LGB counseling competence. Thus, self-deception did not mediate the relationship between heterosexual identity and LGB counselor competence. Implications for counselor education and supervision are provided, highlighting the role of exploring heterosexual identity in the development of LGB counseling competence.