Investigation of belongingness of prospective psychological counselors: The case of Uludağ University

Thesis Type: Postgraduate

Institution Of The Thesis: Bursa Uludağ University, Eğitim Bilimleri Enstitüsü, Eğitim Bilimleri Enstitüsü, Turkey

Approval Date: 2016

Thesis Language: Turkish


Supervisor: Nagihan Oğuz Duran


The main purpose of this study is to investigate the belongingness levels of psychological counselor candidates' in regard to gender, grade-level, double major, and day program (D.P.) - evening program (E.P.) variables. A total of 409 ( 313 female and 96 male) Guidance and Psychological Counseling undergraduate students studying in Uludağ University Faculty of Education, Department of Educational Sciences participated the study. A Personal Information Form developed by the researcher was administered to the participants together with the Sense of Belonging Scale (SBS). To examine the SBS scores of the participants considering their gender, majors, and programs (D.P.-E.P.) t-test was conducted. One-Way ANOVA was used to examine the effect of grade level on the SBS total scores. One-Way MANOVA was used to examine the influence of participants' gender, grade-level, and majors variables on their SBS subscale scores. The effect of D.P.-E.P variable on the SBS subscale scores were investigated with a t-test. Results indicated that, female counselor candidates scored significantly higher on both the SBS total score and the SBS sub-scale (family, friends, occupation) scores then the male counterparts. Grade-level had no influence on the total SBS scores and the SBS sub-scale scores. Double major counselor candidates had significantly higher total SBS scores. Double-major has no effect on the SBS sub-scale scores. With respect to D.P.-E.P. variable, the total SBS scores and the belonging to family and belonging to occupation sub-scale scores differed significantly across groups in favour of D.P. students. No significant difference was found between D.P.-E.P groups with respect to belonging to friends sub-scale scores.