Published: Danica Hays

Danica G. Hays (Education) recently published an article, "A Systematic Review of Whiteness Assessment Properties and Assumptions: Implications for Counselor Training and Research," in Counseling Outcome Research and Evaluation. The article presents a systematic review of the structural and psychometric properties of 20 whiteness scales that relate to multiple dimensions of whiteness (i.e. racism, antiracism, race essentialism, white racial identity, white racial consciousness, colorblind racial ideology, white privilege, psychosocial costs of racism, and white fragility).  Hays and colleagues identified the frequency of scale use and the 10 underlying theoretical assumptions upon which their development and validation are based. Findings indicate that while many of the underlying assumptions of whiteness are shared across scales, there is great variation in scale development and validation procedures as well as concerns related to reliability estimates and norming procedures. Implications for counselor training and research are provided to maximize the use of these scales as white counselors seek to engage in culturally competent practice.


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