Wilma Zalabak

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This study investigated the counseling attitudes and involvement of pastors from two groups, Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) pastors in the Georgia-Cumberland Conference and non-SDA pastors in the Chattanooga area. The hypothesis stated that there would be no difference between the two groups regarding their counseling attitudes and involvement. A questionnaire was developed and given to SDA pastors at a workers' meeting and sent to non-SDA members of the Chattanooga Clergy Association. In return, 44 SDA and 31 non-SDA responses came back. The basic hypothesis was evaluated by use of t-tests, while other potentially extraneous factors were checked through analysis of variance and correlation tests. For six out of ten of the questionnaire items, the t-test prov.ed the difference to be reliable at least to the .05 level, showing that there is a difference between the two groups and refusing support for the hypothesis. The results, generalizable to pastors in Georgia and eastern Tennessee, would suggest the benefit of further studies both for confirmation and exploration of reasons.