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counseling profession. The MMPI-2 and the NEO PI-R results are archived in the

student’s file by the administrative assistant.

There were several steps in this current study. First, approval was obtained from

the Human Subjects Review Board of Ashland University for this study. A questionnaire

was mailed to graduates of the Midwest Pastoral Counseling Program in the years 2003-

2006 and for whom there were MMPI-2 and NEO PI-R data sets available. The

graduates received a hand-addressed envelope with a contact letter, questionnaire, and a

self-addressed postage-paid return envelope. The return envelope was coded in order to

verify persons who returned the questionnaire and those who did not. The size of the

sample was 116 individuals. Returning the completed questionnaire implied consent to

use the information provided by the survey for research. After two weeks, a reminder

letter encouraging a prompt completion was sent to those who had not returned the

questionnaire. Nine surveys were returned by the post office for inadequate addresses.

Seventy-four (63.8 %) completed questionnaires were returned. The majority of the

respondents to the questionnaire were above the age of 30 (60.8 %; n = 45), were White

(89.2 %; n = 66), and female (74.3 %; n = 55). The data that was received from the

returned questionnaire was entered into SPSS 15 for analysis.

Data Processing and Analysis

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

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

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