ERIC Number: ED030142
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Aug
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Suggested Modifications in Scientific Inquiry and Reporting of Counseling Research.
Whiteley, John M.; Allen, Thomas W.
A series of suggested modifications in the scientific reporting of counseling research is presented. The suggested modifications are in five areas: (1) characteristics of research designs in counseling research, (2) within group differences in outcome research, (3) research on the selection of counselors, (4) research on the assessment of counseling outcomes, and (5) research on counseling process and professional interventions. Research design characteristics recommended are: (1) simultaneous consideration of client characteristics, counseling strategy, and outcome measures, and (2) development of codes for describing clients, counseling strategies, and outcome measures precisely. Counseling research designs should focus upon individual differences within and between clients, and should develop simultaneously a system for communicating this individuality. Counselor selection criteria should emphasize what a counselor can produce, as well as what he is. Longitudinal studies to ascertain the predictive relationship between counselor characteristics and client outcomes should be made. Three general propositions on the assessment of counseling outcomes are reviewed. These propositions begin to bridge the gap between overspecific behavorist goals and generalized counseling goals. (PS)
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Authoring Institution: American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.
Note: Paper presented at the American Psychological Association Convention, San Francisco, California, August 30--September 3, 1968.