ERIC Number: ED199385
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Electroencephalographic Assessment in Vocational Counselling. Special Report.
Visser, B. L.
A study examined the role of electroencephalograms (EEGs) in vocational counseling. A total of sixth-eight subjects, fifty of whom were under twenty and seventeen of whom were between the ages of twenty-one and twenty-nine, were referred for EEGs after being diagnosed as having concentration and learning difficulties. Various members of this group of EEG candidates were given high or intermediate batteries of tests for mental alertness, arithmetic problems, reading comprehension, and vocabulary. (Not all candidates took the same tests.) Their scores were compared to those of the normal population; EEG group scores were significantly lower on all tests. The EEG group was divided into three groups, depending upon whether they had no, minor, or severe psychologically-oriented defects such as epilepsy, head injuries, or brain damage. Data analysis revealed that severity of complaint had no bearing on test results. Type of defect did, however, figure significantly in test results. It was concluded that EEG findings may be useful as an aid to counseling, provided that they are considered as an extra variable, possibly contributing additional information to the sum total of information about the individual. (MN)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Behavior Problems, Career Counseling, Client Characteristics (Human Services), Disabilities, Electroencephalography, Individual Characteristics, Learning Disabilities, Learning Problems, Medical Evaluation, Mental Disorders, Personality Assessment, Personality Problems, Physical Disabilities, Testing, Young Adults
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Inst. for Personnel Research, Johannesburg (South Africa). Council for Scientific and Industrial Research.