ERIC Number: ED382680
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Qualitative Dependent Variables in Counseling Research.
Hummel, Thomas J.
Two types of qualitative dependent variables are presented for use in counseling research: choices from an unordered set of categorical alternatives and ordered, categorical counseling outcomes. To investigate school choice behavior, the conditional logit model and analysis are introduced. The conditional logit model can include the attributes of the people who make particular choices and also the attributes of the choices themselves that make them more or less attractive. To investigate categorical counseling outcomes, a model and analytical procedure for studying ordered categories is introduced. For both choice behavior and outcomes, parameter estimates and significance tests are presented with examples based on simulated data. These parameter estimates and significance tests are viewed as preliminary to presenting the probabilities of category membership. These probabilities are presented graphically using a spreadsheet model. It is argued that these probabilities should be the primary focus of investigation, for they are the results that can most directly affect actions to be taken by counselors and clients. Six graphs are included. (Contains 10 references.) (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Choice Behavior; Dependent Variables; Order Analysis
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 18-22, 1995).