Date of Award

Spring 1969

Document Type

Dissertation - Restricted

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



First Advisor

Nordberg, R. B.

Second Advisor

Dupuis, A. M.


Counseling literature contains many references to the "role" of the counselor. However, few suggest role theory and its accompanying conception of role conflict as a theoretical base for the study of counseling. Role theorists hold that there is a relationship between role conflict and the effectiveness of performance. Consequently, one of the issues for research suggested by role by role theory is the comparison of two or more groups to determine conflicting perceptions of a given role. The role under consideration in the present study is that of University residence hall student counselors. The study was designed to test the hypothesis that there is no significant difference between the counselor and the student perception of the role of the residence hall student counselor. Because the role of the counselor is so frequently defined in the literature in terms of problems with the counselor, the College form of the Mooney Problem Check List was utilized as the instrument for discovering counselor and student perception of the role of the residence hall student counselor. Forty under-graduate women counselors and one hundred and twenty randomly selected under-graduate women students, forty in each of the freshmen, sophomore, and junior classes were administered the Mooney Problem Check List to determine their perceptions of problems considered appropriate for discussion with residence hall student counselors...



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