The Sense of Belonging as a Predictor of Life Goals among Turkish Counselor Candidates

Volume 5-Issue 2
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The aim of this study was to examine the predictive roles of three domains of the sense of belonging (family, friends, occupation) on intrinsic and extrinsic life goals in a sample of Turkish Counseling and Guidance undergraduate students. 189 participants (151 females, 38 males) completed the Belonging Scale and the Life Goals Scale. Results of stepwise multiple regression analyses revealed that belonging to counseling profession and friends together are positive predictors of intrinsic life goals. Belonging to counseling profession is the strongest predictor of intrinsic life goals among counselor trainees. However, none of the three domains of the sense of belonging are predictors of extrinsic life goals. Results are discussed with regard to implications for counselor education.


  • Sense of belonging
  • Life goals
  • Counselor candidates.
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