ERIC Number: ED188033
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Behavioral Measure for Selection of Nonprofessional Counselors.
Mitchell, Christina; And Others
Selection of workers for counseling programs is a process which occurs everywhere, but little research has been done on this issue. Traditional methods of selection--self-selection, interviews and/or recommendations and psychological testing--have fallen short on issues of reliability and validity. A behavioral measure which placed paraprofessional applicants in situations with members of the target population (juvenile delinquents) was created and tested. Scores generated from this measure, as well as scores from a personality measure, evaluations of skills by peers and and supervisors and scores from process measures were examined in two ways. First, using solely pre-measures as a potential selection battery, only the adolescent's rating of the judgmentalness of the counselor emerged as a predictor of successful outcome with an assigned client. Second, all measures were used in attempting to profile a "successful" volunteer. Only two variables significantly predicted success, i.e., the adolescent's rating of judgmentalness and the amount of time the counselor spent trying to change the youth within his/her family. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHEW), Rockville, MD.
Authoring Institution: Michigan State Univ., East Lansing.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (87th, New York, NY, September 1-5, 1979). Best copy available.