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Psychological counselling in post-Soviet Russia: Gendered perceptions in a feminizing profession

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JournalEuropean Journal of Women's Studies
DatePublished - Aug 2011
Issue number3
Number of pages16
Pages (from-to)279-294
Original languageEnglish


In this article the authors discuss psychological counselling as it emerges as a gendered profession in the transitional economy of Russia. Based on qualitative, semi-structured interviews with 23 female and three male practising counsellors, the article analyses their perceptions of their profession, focusing in particular on two key issues: (1) their reasons for entry into the profession; and (2) their expectations of their work as a profession. The authors argue that both female and male counsellors’ perceptions of their entry into this profession revealed highly gendered stances, and furthermore, that these were strongly imbricated in the legacies of Soviet employment policies and gender ideology.

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