2006 Student Research Conference:
19th Annual Student Research Conference

Education

Analyzing Premature Termination: Differences among client factors at a university counseling center
Dominick A. Scalise♦
Dr. Christopher J. Maglio, Dr. Marie Orton, and Dr. Brian J. Krylowicz, Faculty Mentors

Present research does not account for why clients unilaterally drop of counseling before completing treatment. This phenomenon, known in the literature as premature termination, brings with it problematic consequences for the counseling profession. There is a particular lack of information regarding premature termination for students at College Counseling Centers (CCCs). This archival study involves a multivariate analysis of variance (MANOVA) of client factors at a middle-sized public university’s CCC, using premature termination along with client GPA, gender, ethnicity, and no-show status for the last session as the independent variables. The OQ -45, a measure of psychopathology, and total number of sessions were each used as dependant variables to see if any significant differences among variables or variable combinations exist. The findings show that premature termination alone indicates that clients present with a statistically significant lower psychopathology and drop of out counseling sooner than those that do not.

Keywords: counseling, psychopathology, college counseling

Topic(s):Counseling

Presentation Type: Poster

Session: 60-12
Location: OP Lobby and Atrium
Time: 4:15

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