Fall 2011



Working with Adolescents' Search for Meaning in Today's World: Existentialism Revisited

Marty Slyter, Ph.D.
Eastern Washington University


It is difficult to find writing on using existentialist approaches in clinical work with adolescents. It is commonly believed that a number of struggles that adolescents experience closely resemble the existential issues of an increase in freedom, choice, responsibility, awareness of isolation and a search for meaning. Counseling practitioners are reminded that existential counseling approaches are a strong match for the adolescent developmental stages. The focus of this paper is on one of the existential issues: search for meaning. The author first provides a working definition of existentialism followed by a discussion on adolescents and their search for meaning.  The final section goes over the role of the counselor and specific counseling approaches to use that are based upon Frankl’s (1984) three ways of giving meaning to life.

Identifying Beliefs about Leadership: Lifting Up Voices of School Counselors

Lynne Guillot Miller and John West
Kent State University

Stacey N. Seefeldt
Brevard High School

Jason McGlothlin and Donald Bubenzer
Kent State University


In this study an effort was made to identify the views of six school counselors relative to their leadership role in the school. The study used qualitative methodology and three themes pertaining to school counselor leadership were identified, i.e., school counselors believing in a shared sense of leadership, believing in the importance of being trustworthy, and believing in persistence or endurance. Further descriptions of these themes are presented in the article.

Keywords: school counselor, leadership, qualitative, school collaboration

Infidelity among College Students in Committed Relationships

Erin O. Kern
Case Western Reserve University


The present author investigated several motivational factors for infidelity within college dating relationships.  A sample of 187 college students (86 male, 101 female) that had been in a significant romantic relationship completed a survey compiled of multiple instruments, each assessing five different types of motivational factors (trust, rejection sensitivity, need to belong, self esteem, and loneliness).  Participants also completed the Motivations for Infidelity Inventory (MII), measuring general motivations for infidelity including factors such as relationship dissatisfaction, sex, anger, and neglect.  As predicted, motivations for infidelity within a relationship are significantly inversely proportionate to the amount of self esteem and levels of trust within the relationship, and positively correlated with levels of loneliness, rejection sensitivity, and need to belong.  The present findings indicate that all of these factors play a role in motivating infidelity in dating relationships, and with this information counselors may be able to work with couples and individuals in order to intervene or circumvent potential infidelity in dating relationships.

Keywords: infidelity, dating relationship, college, extradyadic relationship.