ERIC Number: ED038931
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1969
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A Validation of Four Factor Analytically Derived Roles of the Residence Hall Staff.
Planisek, R. J.; Helzer, Paulette B.
The purpose of this study was to identify the perceived roles of undergraduate hall counselors or student assistants. Four roles were defined: administrator, advisor, counselor, and disciplinarian. Fifteen items were generated for each role, resulting in a 60-item instrument, which was distributed to 700 students residing in two dormitories at Colorado State University. The students were asked to agree or disagree with each statement on a five point scale; 250 students returned the instrument. Product-moment correlations were computed between each pair of the 60 items. The correlation matrix was factor analyzed by the principal components method using unity in the diagonal. All factors with eigenvalues greater than 1.00 were rotated to the varimax criterion. The four factor solution was as follows: Factor I: Counselor, Factor II: Disciplinarian, Factor III: Administrator, and Factor IV: Advisor. These factors correspondingly accounted for 37.4, 19.6, 19.7, and 23.0% of the common variance for a total of 99.7 percent. The results support the hypothesis that four independent roles of the student assistant can be identified. (Author/AF)
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Authoring Institution: Kent State Univ., OH.