Date of Award


Degree Name

Doctor of Education


Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology

First Advisor

Dr. Thelma Urbick

Second Advisor

Dr. William Carlson

Third Advisor

Dr. George Robeck


Problems of the unemployed and unemployment are evidenced in personal, social, and economic areas. The measurement of the personal values of unemployed American males may yield information that could be useful to individuals in the helping professions.

Seventy-seven unemployed Job Training Partnership Act male participants were administered the Rokeach Value Survey in their employability skills sessions. The Median Test was applied to compare the unemployed sample of American males and the Rokeach Value Survey normative sample of American males. The Kruskal-Wallis One-Way Analysis of Variance was calculated with several demographic characteristics of the unemployed American male sample (age, education, ethnicity, parental employment history, duration of unemployment since most recent job, where reared during formative years) and the normative sample of American males. The Median Test distinguished 15 values that significantly differentiated (at the .05 level of significance) the two samples. The Kruskal-Wallis H statistic identified from 13 to 18 values that significantly differentiated (at the .05 level of significance) between the levels of the demographic characteristics and the normative sample.

Helping professionals may utilize the findings of this study in planning training programs, assessing clients, career and educational counseling, placement in the armed forces, and in counselor education programs. Employers may utilize the findings in structuring incentives with previously unemployed workers.

Access Setting

Dissertation-Open Access

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Counseling Commons