J. Ross Neder

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Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)


Graduate Department of Clinical Psychology


The purpose of this study was to develop a method by which to screen prospective students for the possibility of future adjustment difficulties with seminary life. The final goal for this information is to identify students who would benefit from extra support and guidance. A random sample of 55 male M. Div. students from Western were given the MMPI, Sentence Completion, Seminary Attrition Scale, Demographics and a new scale developed by the author, the Seminary Socialization Scale (SSS) in the spring quarter of 1984. The 20 question SSS correlated in the expected direction with 44 pathology measures on the MMPI and with the Seminary Attrition Scale. The measure appears to be useful in identifying students who may experience adjustment problems at seminary. Several different norm groups were compared with the WCBS sample. In genera 1 the WCBS sample is more defensive and androgenous than general populations. It is suggested that the predictive validity of the SSS be assessed by administering the instrument to several incoming classes while carefully monitoring these students for reported adjustment problems.

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