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Agreeableness domain of the NEO PI-R and self-perceived effectiveness. This trend is

strikingly different than that found in the second hypothesis (satisfaction in the

profession), where a noteworthy trend was found for a positive correlation between the

Agreeableness domain and ongoing participation in the counseling profession. Further

investigation into the relationship that the facets of this domain have with self-perceived

effectiveness may be helpful in understanding the meaningful differences in these

findings.

There are several limitations to this study. The archival data of the MMPI-2 that

was used in this study was the result of a shorter administration of the MMPI-2 (the first

370 questions). A greater wealth of data would likely be afforded from a complete

MMPI-2 administration. Similarly, this study utilized the NEO PI-R domain scale

scores, and a study at the facet level would likely elucidate meaningful differences in the

domains. The sample size for this study was small. This was especially evident in the

proportion of graduates who achieved licensure to those who did not, and this may have

skewed the findings of the possible relationship that personality has with licensure. Also,

the correlation analysis required a Bonferroni adjustment to reduce the likelihood of a

Type I error and therefore the results should be interpreted with caution.

There are several avenues that should be explored with further research. The only

statistically significant correlation after Bonferroni adjustment was between work

gratification and scale 0 (Si) of the MMPI-2. This seems to be particularly significant as

this scale did not show a trend for a correlation with work enjoyment and yet the two

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