The Impact of Curiosity on Counselors’ Social Justice Identity


  • Emily Baker The Ohio State University
  • Shelby Messerschmitt-Coen Central College
  • Darcy Haag Granello The Ohio State University



The role of counselors has expanded to emphasize social justice principles and community action, encouraging social justice to become infused with counselor’s professional identity. As a result, counselor educators are examining strategies for promoting the social justice identity of students and new professionals. Curiosity has been positioned as theoretically related to the concept of social justice. The current study investigated the relationship between counselor curiosity with social justice identity across three domains (self-efficacy, interest, and commitment) in a sample of 124 counselors and counselor trainees. Results indicated that three types of curiosity (specific, diversive, and competence) predicted each domain of social justice identity. Strategies to incorporate counselor curiosity into social justice pedagogy are discussed.


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Baker, E., Messerschmitt-Coen, S., & Haag Granello, D. . (2020). The Impact of Curiosity on Counselors’ Social Justice Identity. Journal for Social Action in Counseling & Psychology, 12(2), 2–17.