ERIC Number: ED032604
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Aug-31
Reference Count: 0
College Students' Conception of A Normal Personality. Report No. 69-08.
Stevens, Frederick L., Jr.
Two samples of college undergraduates (N=103 and N=193) were asked to rate the degree to which each of 50 adjectives was applicable to their idea of a normal personality in an effort to determine the dominant characteristics in their conception of a normal personality. The resulting data were subjected to a maximum likelihood factor analysis. Four of the factors obtained from the first set of data were replicated in the cross-validation sample. These four factors were: (1) a large, general factor which seemed to represent a dimension of positive characteristics; (2) a stable, rational factor; (3) a neat, clean factor; and (4) an active, talkative factor. The implications of these results are discussed. The main implication is that there is not one definition of normality which could be agreed upon by college students. (Author/KJ)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Iowa State Univ. of Science and Technology, Ames. Student Counseling Service.; Iowa State Univ. of Science and Technology, Ames. Dept. of Psychology.
Authoring Institution: American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.
Note: Paper was presented at the American Psychological Association Convention, Washington, D.C., August 31--September 4, 1969.