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Research Questions

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

counselor 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 counseling related professions

  • Work satisfaction

  • Perceived effectiveness.

Importance of the Study

Counselor education programs have employed several methods in the admission

process including reviewing GRE scores and the Interview. Both methods have been

criticized for their inadequacy and limitations (Bradey & Post, 1991; Leverett-Main,

2004). The role that personality has in the counseling relationship continues to have

significance (Grencavage & Norcross, 1990; Kunce & Angelone, 1990; Pope & Kline,

1999). This study adds to the literature by examining how differences in personality

characteristics as measured by the MMPI-2 and the NEO PI-R may provide a counselor

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