Defense Date

6-12-2007

Graduation Date

2007

Availability

Immediate Access

Submission Type

dissertation

Degree Name

PhD

Department

Counselor Education and Supervision (ExCES)

School

School of Education

Committee Chair

Joseph F. Maola

Committee Member

Derek Whordley

Committee Member

Richard C. Hoffman

Keywords

Self-acceptance

Abstract

The focus of this study was counselor trainees' self-acceptance; because this examiner proposed there is a parallel process between the client's relationship with the counselor and the counselor's relationship with oneself. This study was an investigation of the differences between three nonequivalent groups: Group A - Beginning Counselor Students, Group B -- Beginning Practicum Counselor Students, and Group C - Graduating Counselors to measure differences between the three groups. The study was researching their responses from the Unconditional Self-Acceptance Questionnaire-Revised (USAQ-R) as an individual assessment instrument. This investigator measured the effects of gender to determine if group differences in response to the USAQ-R individual assessment instrument interact with gender. The results indicate that the first null hypothesis was accepted due to no significant differences among the three groups: Beginning, Practicum, and Graduating students. The results further reported that the second null hypothesis was rejected due to significant differences among the males and females. The post hoc analysis comparisons suggested the following significant differences; the practicum females scored significantly higher than the males beginning the program, graduating males and graduating females scored significantly higher than the males beginning the program. The results of this study suggest females are at an advantage in terms of their experience with self-acceptance at the beginning of training but that the males did progress in their level of self-acceptance by the time of graduation.

Format

PDF

Language

English

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