Perceived autonomy support moderates the relations between counseling self-efficacy and flow among Filipino counselors

Jesus Alfonso Daep DATU, Nino Jose MATEO

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Contemporary literature has emphasized the vital role of supervision in the professional growth of counselors and therapists. Even some counselor developmental models argued that improvement in counselor autonomy, motivation, and self-efficacy is highly contingent upon counseling supervision, especially in Western settings. Yet, there is marked scarcity of studies examining the antecedents of flow in non-Western contexts. As such, the central aim of the current study was to assess the moderating effects of perceived autonomy support from supervisors on the relations between counseling self-efficacy (CSE) and state flow among Filipino counselors. A sample of 131 Filipino counselors in Metro Manila participated in the research through answering questionnaires that measured the aforementioned constructs. The findings of correlational analyses have shown that counseling self-efficacy and perceived autonomy support are positively associated with state flow. The results of path analysis revealed a significant moderation effect. This suggests that for Filipino counselors who had greater perceptions that their supervisors provide autonomy in their counseling practice (perceived autonomy support), having lower perceived capabilities in performing counseling duties may lead to higher immersion and enjoyment in counseling activities, while for those who have low perceived autonomy support, having higher levels of counseling self-efficacy will lead to lower flow. Implications of these findings in theory and practice are elucidated. Copyright © 2015 Springer Science+Business Media New York.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)69-76
JournalCurrent Psychology
Issue number1
Early online dateAug 2015
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2016



Datu, J. A. D., & Mateo, N. J. (2016). Perceived autonomy support moderates the relations between counseling self-efficacy and flow among Filipino counselors. Current Psychology, 35(1), 69-76. doi: 10.1007/s12144-015-9358-2


  • Counseling self-efficacy
  • Counseling supervision
  • Filipino counselors
  • Flow
  • Perceived autonomy support