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ERIC Number: ED518931
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 139
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1241-7735-9
Counselor Education Students' Sense of Departmental Community and Its Relationship with State Anxiety
Reiser, Mark A.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Wyoming
This research study was inspired by the personal experiences and observations of the researcher as an undergraduate and graduate student in various academic departments and disciplines. The study itself explores the perceptions of counselor education students regarding the presence of community within their counseling programs. Using a modified version of the Classroom Community Scale (CCS), the strength of students' sense of departmental community was measured across various demographic groups. Potential group differences were explored. Students' state anxiety levels were measured with the State portion of the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI). Finally, the relationship between students' sense of departmental community and their individual state anxiety was examined. A total of 289 students of both doctoral and master's-level CACREP-accredited programs participated in the study. To generate the research sample, 35 master's-level programs and 35 doctoral-level programs were randomly selected. A strategic number of programs were chosen from each major geographical region of the country, to proportionately represent the five regions served by the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES). Utilizing the help of CACREP liaisons in programs distributed throughout the major geographical regions of the country, students were invited via email to participate in the online study. A number of significant results were found. First of all, master's-level students reported a higher sense of departmental community than did doctoral students. Additionally, in terms of state anxiety scores, single students reported significantly higher anxiety levels than did students in committed relationships. Further, the research sample conveyed a high level of importance on the presence of departmental community in their academic pursuits. Significant negative correlations were found between the constructs of students' sense of departmental community and state anxiety. Finally, student comments at the end of the online instrument reflected a desire to see stronger community connections within their departments. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: State Trait Anxiety Inventory