ERIC Number: ED024853
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Aug
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Personality Shift in Women at a Choice Point in Middle Life.
Beggs, James Judson
The study selected as a choice point the return to the University of Oregon of women who had been away from education for at least four years. The youngest woman was 25 and the oldest, 53. Control subjects of similar ages were also tested. The instruments used were the Buhler-Coleman Life Goals Inventory, Vincent's Personal Events Time Scale, and the Greenwald scoring of the Thematic Apperception Test (TAT) for affective complexity. The first two instruments were administered to both groups in October and May. The TAT was administered to the experimental group only. In May the experimental subjects were asked to provide a rank ordered list of the reasons they returned to college and whether or not they had experienced a period of critical self assessment during the time of the experiment. Three significant chi squares at least minimally confirmed the basic choice hypothesis. Other hypotheses which predicted a shift from self limiting adaptation to creative expansion and intensification of creative expansion scores after the test point were not confirmed. There was a strong and significant relationship between the Life Goals Inventory and the Personal Events Time Scale. (The document includes nine tables, a bibliography, and an appendix describing the instruments.) (author/aj)
Descriptors: Age Differences, Bibliographies, Doctoral Dissertations, Educational Needs, Females, Goal Orientation, Personality Change, Research, Self Evaluation
University Microfilms, 300 Zeeb Rd., Ann Arbor, Michigan 48106 (Order No. 68-3968, MF $3.00, Xerography $4.80).
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Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Oregon Univ., Eugene.
Identifiers: Life Goals Inventory (Beggs); Thematic Apperception Test; Vincent Personal Events Time Scale
Note: Ph. D. Thesis.