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Summary

The primary research question guiding this study was: Do self-reported measures

of personality predict useful post-graduation markers of success in Master’s level

counseling education students? More specifically, this study examined the question of

how well both the MMPI-2 and the NEO PI-R predict the following outcomes: final

GPA, licensure acquisition, ongoing participation in a counseling related profession,

work satisfaction, and perceived effectiveness.

There were three hypotheses in this study. The primary assumption of the first

hypothesis was that the personality of seminary counselor education students as measured

by the MMPI-2 and the NEO PI-R would be significantly correlated with the level of

GPA earned by the students at the conclusion of their course of study. Although this

hypothesis was not supported after Bonferroni adjustments were taken into consideration,

there were several noteworthy trends for a negative correlation with scale 3 (Hy), scale 8

(Sc), and the L scale of the MMPI-2. This may suggest that personality does influence a

student’s GPA. It is not surprising that there was a trend for a negative correlation on

these scales. Persons with higher scores on scale 3 (Hy) may experience a feeling of

being overwhelmed with life; persons with higher scores on scale 8 may find cognitive

activity effortful; and persons with a higher score on the L scale may find it difficult to

integrate the information that is learned in the program with their own life experiences.

However, it is somewhat surprising that none of the domain scales of the NEO PI-R

correlated significantly with students achieving the high honors classification,

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