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American Psychological Association

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Professional Psychology: Research and Practice

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This article reports the results of a qualitative study designed to determine issues salient in Black and Hispanic American students' review and evaluation of program-application packets in professional psychology. The study served as an extension to the Yoshida et al. (1989) quantitative investigation. Students interested in pursuing doctoral studies in counseling or school psychology (N = 22) served as the sample. The qualitative methodology incorporated a think-aloud procedure and semistructured interviews. A theme analysis of transcribed interviews identified both major and minor themes central to participants' evaluation of the packets. Major themes included financial aid, program requirements and course descriptions, demography of the student body, and the quality and clarity of application material. Specific suggestions on developing an application packet to send to inquiring prospective students are put forth. It is recommended that such a packet could serve as a cost-effective minority-recruitment strategy.


Accepted version. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, Vol. 26, No. 2 (April 1995): DOI. © 1995 American Psychological Association. Used with permission.

This article may not exactly replicate the final version published in the APA journal. It is not the copy of record.

Alan Burkard was affiliated with Fordham University at the time of publication.

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