ERIC Number: ED237827
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Mar
Reference Count: 0
So You Think You've Got Troubles? College Students' Referrals for Friends with Various Personal Problems.
Watson, Bryna A.; Ault, Ruth L.
Students with personal-social problems report seeking help from friends and relatives first, as compared to faculty, clergy, and counseling centers. To investigate the subsequent referrals friends might provide, 28 college freshmen, 14 male and 14 female, rated 16 problem descriptions on a 0-9 point scale according to the likelihood that they would send their friend to each of seven potential help-giving sources, i.e., dean, counseling center, chaplain, friend, parent, faculty member, or themselves. The problems were varied according to severity, history, and immediacy. An analysis of the results showed that students could distinguish among problems, although no one characteristic was of singular importance. More serious problems did lead to a greater likelihood of recommending the college counseling center and the chaplain. Subjects rated themselves and other friends consistently high across problem types, except for the most severe problems. The dean and faculty were rated consistently low except for less severe, recent past, or recurrent problems. Parents and the chaplain received their highest ratings for ongoing problems. Providers of counseling services may need to educate students about the seriousness of certain problems in order to counteract students' tendencies to see themselves as appropriate sources of help. (Author/BL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association (29th, Atlanta, GA, March 23-26, 1983).