Using Crowdsourcing Websites in Counseling Research: Problems and Potential of MTurk

Mar 31, 2019 10:00am ‐ Mar 31, 2019 10:30am


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Online recruitment sites such as MTurk have revolutionized social science research. Counselors are just beginning to access the tool’s potential. The poster examines literature on MTurk and critically considers ethics, pros and cons, and promising research applications in counseling. It displays how MTurk samples represent more diversity through a broader range of inclusion of demographics, personality, psychopathology, and substance use. The poster includes use in teaching and novel uses beyond questionnaires.

  • Counselors will become aware of the value of MTurk and alternative crowdsourcing sites for use in counseling research and use beyond questionnaire research as well as the sample characteristics when compared to non-online samples. Counselors will increase their knowledge of the current information on the advantages and limitations of MTurk with regard to sample diversity.
  • Counselors will become aware of problems and ethical issues in the use of crowd sourced sites as noted in the current literature.
  • Counselors will become aware and be able to implement promising practices and innovative approaches in the use of crowd source web sites such as Amazon’s Mechanical Turk.

Speaker(s):

  • Mary Margaret Livingston, PhD, Professor, Coordinator Human Services Concentration Counseling MA, Psychology and Behavioral Sciences, Louisiana Tech University
  • Margaret L. Hindman, MA, Graduate Assistant, University of Arkansas, Off-Campus Student Services

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