ERIC Number: ED065042
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-May
Reference Count: 0
Doctoral Study Attrition in Psychology.
Lunneborg, Clifford E.; Lunneborg, Patricia W.
The primary motivation behind this prediction study was the concern voiced over the problem of attrition in graduate school. Noting a 45% dropout rate in psychology doctoral students who began between 1955 and 1964 and were studied in 1968, one author deplored the loss in time and effort to students and faculty when students leave graduate school. Also of interest were possible sex differences in the variables used to select candidates, and in the reasons behind male and female graduate students dropping out. Thus, 123 graduate students entering the University of Washington Department of Psychology between 1963 and 1967 were studied. Although progress toward the Ph.D. was not highly related to admissions data such as GRE scores and undergraduate grades, performance in the first year was found to be predictive of later success. Evidence of sex discrimination was minimal and subtle. It is suggested that greater attention be directed toward measuring commitment to the doctorate to reduce the rather large attrition from the program. (Author/HS)
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Authoring Institution: Washington Univ., Seattle. Bureau of Testing.