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ISSN : 2233-6710(Print)
ISSN : 2384-2121(Online)
Journal of Asia Pacific Counseling Vol.13 No.1 pp.113-130

Resilience between Heterosexual and LGB Mental Health Counselors

Treye Rosenberger1, Na Mi Bang2
1Counselor Education Programs, Grand View University
2Counseling and Counselor Education Program, Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis
Corresponding Author
Na Mi Bang, Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to Na Mi Bang, 902 West New York Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202, USA.


Being a mental health counselor increases the risk of burnout, compassion fatigue, and vicarious trauma. Resilience is important in understanding the psychological health risks and trauma experienced among mental health counselors. This study investigated resilience differences between lesbian, gay, bisexual (LGB) and heterosexual mental health counselors. LGB mental health counselors might experience maladaptive factors to a greater degree and possess differences in resilience as well, given their marginalization. The study consisted of 523 mental health counselors who completed the Connor Davidson Resilience Scale (CD-RISC). Mean differences were assessed between heterosexual and LGB mental health counselors using an independent samples t-test, where it found that LGB professionals report lower resiliency than their counterparts.