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ERIC Number: ED547998
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 169
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-2674-8419-2
Administrators' Beliefs/Preferences for Delivering Higher Education Counseling Services and the Relationship between the Domains of Career and Personal Counseling
Waters, Sharon K.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, TUI University
An examination of the relationship between the domains of career and personal counseling within higher education was conducted through surveying administrators of these departments with emphasis toward determining factors that contribute toward administrators' beliefs and preferences regarding an integrated (personal and career counseling) service delivery type. The study was conducted through a cross-section research design using a survey to members of the National Association of Colleges and Employers, NACE, and the Association of University and College Counseling Center Directors, AUCCD. Theory of Work Adjustment, TWA, which examines the person-environment fit, is the theoretical orientation for this study. The 562 collected survey results (434 NACE participants, 128 AUCCD participants) were compiled and analyzed using multivariate analysis. The current counseling type is the independent variable. Size of institution, type of institution, years of experience of administrator, educational background, gender of administrator and cost for services are the covariate variables. Administrators' beliefs and preferences toward an integrated counseling type is the dependent variable for this research. Administrators showed a significant difference at the p < 0.05 level (career, both, other) toward the belief that their employing institutions would support an integrated type. Of the three types of administrators surveyed (career, psychological, both), all but psychological believe that their employing institutions would support an integrated type. Regarding the idea that an integrated counseling type could bring cost savings to the institution, there is preference shown for the administrator's current counseling type, psychological, with this group of administrators acknowledging that an integrated delivery type can bring cost savings to their institution. When investigating gender, men were more highly represented in career counseling centers. In addition, the educational background reported by the administrators (education in both career and psychological counseling) was found to be predictive of support toward an integrated type. Also, the current model the administrator is employed in (career, psychological, or integrated) was found to be predictive. Those already working in an integrated type believe it to be cost saving and support the concept that career and non-career issues appear concurrently in counseling. The study was intended to emphasize factors that contribute toward administrators' beliefs regarding an integrated (personal and career counseling) delivery type. [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
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Language: English
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