ERIC Number: ED255805
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
Counseling Needs among Adult Students on a Community College Campus.
Warchal, Peter; Southern, Stephen
Little research has been conducted with adult students to identify their counseling needs. To investigate whether adult student perceptions of counseling needs are related to their developmental stage, and their relative importance, 878 community college students, who were 18 years of age and older, and who attended evening and weekend classes were surveyed. A demographic information sheet and survey of student counseling needs were administered in packet form by the regular class instructors. The results indicated that respondents across developmental, sex, marital, and employment status groups tended to endorse the same 12 needs, although their rank-ordering varied. There were few differences in the perceptions of needs between younger, traditional students and older, nontraditional students. Younger students assigned greater importance to choosing academic courses and programs, identifying financial aid sources, improving job seeking skills, and coping with leisure time. The older adult students reported greater need of coping with parenting difficulties. The middle groups, those aged 23-27 and 28-37, did not differ much from the younger students. Although the results of this study do not support the existence of many differences in the perceived counseling needs of traditional young adult and nontraditional, older adult students, the findings suggest that detailed analysis of specific subgroups may be warranted in future studies and program planning. (LLL)
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