Date of Award

Spring 1967

Document Type

Dissertation - Restricted

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Education

First Advisor

Nordberg, Robert B.

Second Advisor

Donovan, George F.

Third Advisor

Topetzes, Nicholas J.

Abstract

Problems related to providing counseling assistance to low achievers have been examined and analyzed in various theoretical structures and by means of different research designs. Counseling as a professional technique is relatively new on campuses and hence trained personnel are not as available as need dictates. Therefore a parsimonious use of trained counselors utilizing group counseling is essential if group counseling can be demonstrated as effective. This study in group counseling was undertaken to investigate the results of two types of group counseling techniques: the leader-structured group and the group-structured group. The treatment in the leader-structured group consisted of lectures, a filmstrip, and the interpretation of the tests administered in the precounseling period, The treatment in the group-structured group involved free discussion of self-chosen problems and goals under the leadership of an elected member of the group. Minimal treatment involving one group session and the administration of tests was applied to the control group.This research was conducted under controlled conditions from October 20, 1966 to January 17, 1967 on a twice weekly basis in sessions of fifty minutes each, Eighteen completed sessions with the post-counseling administration of tests to the three groups of randomly selected eight subjects concluded the experiment...

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