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Thesis - Open Access

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Master of Science (MS)


Counseling and Human Development


Since the advent of residence halls on college campuses, student personnel administrators have sought, by various means, to provide student assistants for these halls. The process for selecting student assistants has been characterized by change; i.e., no selection process has been considered to be final or complete in providing the best possible staff of student assistants. Research has been focused on make the selection of student assistants a more valid and relevant process. The author assumed that the primary resource in the selection process was the student assistant. This assumption was based upon the fact that the student assistant is the initial and primary staff person to come into direct contact with college students in a residence hall setting. Information from students and staff must be assimilated by the student assistant, since the student assistant functions in both student and staff roles. Because he performs a duplicate role, one may speculate how this duplicity might affect the behavior of the student assistant. The objective of the investigation was to determine if there was a behavior change occurring over a period of one year in student staff assistants as measured by the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. It was the contention of the author that by exploring and measuring a possible behavior change, new evidence may become available for potential use in positive modification and/or development of student assistant selection procedures now in existence.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

South Dakota State University

Student housing

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South Dakota State University