Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Dooley, Katherine

Committee Member

Justice, Cheryl

Committee Member

Stratton-Gadke, Kasee

Committee Member

Mazahreh, Laith

Committee Member

Morse, David T.

Date of Degree


Document Type

Dissertation - Open Access


Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


College of Education


Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Foundations


The purpose of the study is to investigate a variety of character traits, stressors or traumatic event variables in order to develop a possible predictor model for individuals that seek out to become a student in a counseling program and how those variables relate to their level of empathy. The purpose of using a multiple linear regression analysis is to help determine if a linear relationship exist between the dependent variable and a set of independent variables. The multiple linear regression analyzes the data to determine if the residuals are homoscedastic and approximately rectangular-shaped. A multiple linear regression allows the researcher to assess for the absence of multicollinearity in the model, meaning that the independent variables are not highly correlated. The multiple linear regression analysis determines the single fit for the variables through a scatter plot. More specifically the multiple linear regression fits a line through a multi-dimensional space of data points in order to determine their correlation to each other (O’Brien, 2018).