Human Potential Seminar outcomes as measured by the Personal Orientation Inventory and Goal Attainment Inventories

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Abstract

Investigated Human Potential Seminar (HPS) outcomes for the 4 HPS objectives (self-affirmation, self-determination, self-motivation, and regard for others) and its overall purpose, self-actualization. The criterion instruments included the Personal Orientation Inventory (POI) and 2 researcher-developed inventories based on Kiresuk and Sherman's Goal Attainment Scaling (GAS). These were the Individualized Goal Inventory (IGI) and the Human Potential Seminar Goal Inventory (HPSGI), designed to assess HPS outcomes using individually determined and trainer-determined goals. Posttesting was conducted about 1 mo following the conclusion of the 6-wk HPS and included the POI, IGI, and HPSGI. Results of an analysis of covariance indicated that the treatment group improved significantly more than the control group on the 4 HPS objectives and on its overall purpose, self-actualization. Specification of the treatment process and the outcomes have practical implications for the counseling professional and the consumer. (16 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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