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CHAPTER FOUR: FINDINGS

Purpose of the Study

This study investigated the relative usefulness of an admission screening

methodology that uses two well validated personality instruments to predict various post-

program outcome criteria of success. These two prominent self-report measures of

personality (the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2nd Edition and the Revised

NEO Personality Inventory) were examined for their ability to predict several important

post-graduation outcomes in Master’s level counselor education students, including final

GPA, licensure acquisition, ongoing participation in the counseling profession, work

satisfaction, and self-perceived effectiveness.

Sample

The sample for this study was a convenience sample of individuals (n =116) who

graduated from the Midwest Pastoral Counseling Program at Ashland Theological

Seminary in Ashland, Ohio in the years 2003-2006 and for whom there was MMPI-2 and

NEO PI-R data readily available. A questionnaire was sent to these graduates requesting

information regarding their activity, licensure (if appropriate), enjoyment, gratification,

and self-perceived effectiveness in the counseling profession. Nine surveys were

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