Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Joe Davis

Second Advisor

Jeanette Seaberry

Third Advisor

Scott Harrington


This study measured the perceptions of racial attitudes in graduate level counseling students. The participants were 138 graduate counseling students from the counselor education program at the University of Nebraska at Omaha enrolled in the fall semester of 1995. The racial attitudes were measured using the revised Social Scale (SS) questionnaire. The outcome showed a relationship between the number of hours taken in the graduate level counseling class as offered at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and positive racial attitudes. However, the null hypothesis was accepted when measuring a) the racial attitudes of participants in different counseling programs, b) racial attitudes and age of first interpersonal experience with an individual from another racial group, c) racial attitudes and the percent of other racial groups in the community in which participants resided and the age of the participants, d) first interpersonal experience with a member from another racial group and the perception of that experience, and e) first interpersonal experience with a member from another racial group and racial attitudes. The null hypothesis was rejected since the means score of students who had taken a counseling multicultural and diverse population class was significantly higher than those students who had not.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of Counseling and the Graduate College In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Masters of Arts University of Nebraska at Omaha.

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Counseling Commons