Reviews cluster analytic approaches and problems with respect to their implications for research in counseling psychology. Related topics discussed include transformations of profile data and measures of profile similarity. A distinction is made between hierarchical and nonhierarchical clustering approaches. Commonly used cluster methods are described and evaluated based on criteria of availability, discriminability, replicability, and validity. (44 ref.) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).
- counseling psychology research, hierarchical vs. nonhierarchical cluster analysis