ERIC Number: ED436696
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Nov
At-Risk High School Students' Preferences for Counselor Characteristics.
Esters, Irvin G.; Ledoux, Cindy L.
This study examines counselor characteristics, especially how the characteristics factor into the helping relationship. Prior research on this topic has been couched in the social psychology research on personal attraction and relationship development, which suggests that credibility, attractiveness, and influence are functions of the degree of similarity between source and receiver. The purpose of the study was to investigate the similarity and repulsion hypotheses, to discuss the implications for school counselors, and to establish from a representative at-risk high school sample, rank orderings of characteristics desired in counselors. Few studies have been conducted with high school students, and particularly none with high-risk students. The Preferences for School Counselor Characteristics was constructed and administered. Data from the study supported the similarity and revulsion hypotheses. Rank order preferences for counselor characteristics was consistent with previous reports of rankings from minority groups. It concludes that the study may have significance due to the very nature of counseling in the schools. Armed with the knowledge that students may prefer counselors similar to themselves, particularly as related to attitudes and values, the school counselors can begin to understand why some segments of the student body underuse counseling services. (Contains 10 references and two tables.) (JDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (Point Clear, AL, November 17-19, 1999).