Affirmative Behaviors with All Clients Scale (ABACS)

Affirmative Behaviors with All Clients Scale (ABACS)
Bieschke & Matthews‚ 2003
 
1. In my office‚ I have visible signs (e.g.‚ posters‚ books button‚ etc...) affirming a variety of cultures.
2. As part of working toward multicultural competence‚ I focus on increasing my knowledge and skills relevant to working with lesbian‚ gay‚ and bisexual individuals.
3. I am careful to use language that does not assume a client is attracted to someone of the opposite sex.
4. I am familiar with theory and research regarding models of sexual identity development.
5. In the written materials I distribute to clients‚ I am careful to use language that is inclusive of same-sex relationships.
6. I provide outreach programs geared toward the lesbian‚ gay‚ and bisexual population.
7.  In my office‚ I have visible signs (e.g.‚ posters‚ books‚ buttons‚ etc...) affirming gay‚ lesbian‚ and bisexual individuals.
8. In am careful to use language that does not assume a client is in a romantic relationship with someone of the opposite sex.
 
1(completely untrue) to 7 (completely true)
 
This instrument can be found at: http://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/ED481672.pdf  
 

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