Date of Award

Summer 1991

Degree Type

Thesis - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Heider, Jan

Second Advisor

Fox, Robert

Third Advisor

Sanford, Marion


The purpose of this study was to determine whether there are differences in preferences for counselor characteristics, between ethnic minority and majority group students at Marquette University. The subjects included 51 ethnic minority students and 50 majority group students. They were about equally divided between male and female. A Counselor Preference Scale was used to gather information on the students preferences for counselor characteristics. Preferences were found for counselors of the same race and sex, particulary when the presenting problem was racial, social, or sexual in nature.