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ERIC Number: ED002918
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1961-Aug-31
Pages: 183
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MEASUREMENT AND EVALUATION OF CHANGE IN COLLEGE WOMEN.
FREEDMAN, MERVIN B.
THIS PROJECT ANALYZED PERSONALITY CHANGES IN COLLEGE WOMEN AS MEASURED BY A DISCHRONIC SERIES OF TEST BATTERIES. THE OBJECTIVE WAS TO DETERMINE THOSE CHANGES WHICH HAVE TAKEN PLACE IN THE PERSONALITY DEVELOPMENT, ATTITUDES, VALUES, AND OPINIONS OF AN EXTENSIVELY TESTED SAMPLE OF COLLEGE WOMEN. SIX GRADUATING SENIOR CLASSES AND SIX ENTERING FRESHMEN CLASSES, AS WELL AS TWO SAMPLES OF JUNIORS, SOPHOMORES, AND SECOND SEMESTER FRESHMEN AT VASSAR COLLEGE, WERE GIVEN A COMPLETE BATTERY OF PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTS AND WERE INTERVIEWED IN DEPTH. THE PRESENT RESEARCH ANALYZED THESE EXISTING DATA IN TERMS OF PERSONALITY CHANGES WHICH OCCURRED DURING THE COLLEGE YEARS, CHARACTERISTICS OF SPECIAL GROUPS (SUCH AS THOSE WHO LEFT COLLEGE AND THOSE WHO VISTED THE COLLEGE PSYCHIATRISTS). RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN INTERVIEW DATA AND SUCH VARIABLES AS FACULTY RATINGS, GRADES, CHOICE OF MAJOR, POST-COLLEGE PLANS, AND THE EFFECT OF INTERVIEWING ON THE SAMPLE. THE VASSAR ATTITUDE INVENTORY (VAI) WAS DEVELOPED AND A FACTOR ANALYSIS STUDY OF THESE SCALES WAS USED. THERE WAS NO EVIDENCE THAT LARGE-SCALE SHIFTS IN ATTITUDES OR IDEOLOGY OCCUR IN THE EARLY YEARS AFTER GRADUATION. ALUMNAE AS COMPARED TO THE SENIORS WERE MORE STABLE EMOTIONALLY AND MORE ASSURED SOCIALLY, LESS ANXIOUS AND DEPRESSED, AND GENERALLY MORE CONFIDENT AND IMPERTURABLE. (GC)
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Authoring Institution: Vassar Coll., Poughkeepsie, NY. Mellon Foundation.
Identifiers: NEW YORK; New York (Poughkeepsie); Vassar Attitude Inventory