ERIC Number: ED113652
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Mar-24
Counseling Preferences Among College Students: New Directions for Change.
Cunin, Bert; Cunin, Beth H.
This study explores counseling preferences of college students and their relationship to students' sex, major, and year in school. A questionnaire (Direction-Unconscious Motivation Scale) designed to assess attitudes toward psychoanalytic, behavioral therapy and client-centered counseling approaches was given to 683 volunteers who were students at two New York State Colleges. Results showed that students reported a greater preference for a psychoanalytic than a behavioral therapy approach. However, few participants were highly positive about any of the three counseling approaches in their entirety. Responses to many of the questionnaire items were related to sex and year, and indicated that most participants held preferences for seemingly contradictory or potentially conflicting counseling goals or techniques. The authors suggest that counseling centers include counselors who differ in treatment model and outlook, are sensitive to conflicting counseling needs, and can adapt their techniques to the unique patterns of preferences of different clients. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Personnel and Guidance Association (31st, New York, New York, March 23-26, 1975)