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ERIC Number: ED109567
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Mar
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Follow Up Study of Group Counseling with Underachieving College Freshmen.
Valine, Warren J.
The purpose of this study was to report long-range effects of group counseling and the college growth experience of students who were identified as underachievers and were enrolled as freshmen during the fall of 1969. Five variables were selected for this study as having possible influence on self-concept: (1) group, (2) education, (3) status, (4) disposition, and (5) employment. A questionnaire and a copy of the Tennessee Self Concept Scale (TSCS) were mailed to 73 of the original participants with 54 returning the TSCS for statistical analysis. Results from the study indicated that students who by definition were underachievers could succeed in a college environment. Evidence indicated that those who attained senior level generally had self-concepts statistically more positive than those who terminated their college experiences prior to graduation. Although the original study showed no significant differences among groups that were counseled, when self-concepts were compared in the present study, there appeared to be both positive and negative effects over time. No consistent pattern emerged identifying those who continued in college as possessing a more positive self-concept than those who terminated. Whether or not a student persists in college, the process of attendance may be viewed as developmental, maturing, and positive. (Author/PC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Tennessee Self Concept Scale