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disciplines, the grading protocol in the seminary counselor education program may

evaluate a student’s abilities differently.

Discussion of Hypothesis Two

The primary assumption in this hypothesis was that the personality of counselor

education students, as measured by the MMPI-2 and the NEO PI-R, would be

significantly correlated with satisfaction in the profession. After Bonferroni adjustments

were taken into consideration, this hypothesis was partially supported.

The first step in testing this hypothesis was a correlation analysis of these

personality assessment scores and the attainment of a counseling license. It was an

assumption of this study that a student completing the licensure track in the counseling

program would follow through with licensure, thereby indicating a degree of satisfaction

in the profession. A person may discover in the practicum and internship phase that he

or she will not be satisfied in the profession. Although motivated to complete the degree,

the graduate may pursue a related field that does not require licensure.

None of the scale or domain scores reached statistical significance in this study,

but a noteworthy trend was found for a positive correlation of scale 1 (Hs) and licensure.

Persons who score higher on scale 1 (Hs) may exhibit a more pessimistic, defeatist, and

cynical outlook on life (Graham, 2006). Although there may be a tendency for these

individuals to be self-centered, these individuals are not necessarily self-indulgent, and

their dealings with others are likely to be responsible and conscientious (Nichols, 2001).

It cannot be assumed that persons who have scores that are higher on scale 1 (Hs) will

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