ERIC Number: ED186776
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Nov
Reference Count: 0
A Comparison of the Self-Descriptions of High School Completion (GED) Dropouts and Persisters.
Rolfe, Paula G.; Wilson, Russell C.
Differences in self-descriptive patterns of adults who dropped out of high school completion courses and those who completed their courses were examined using the Adjective Check List (ACL) to measure adult personality attributes. Subjects (N=142) were asked to endorse those adjectives which best described themselves and to skip those which did not. At the end of 10 weeks, 29 students had dropped their studies while 113 either completed or were still active in the program. Stepwise discriminant analysis yielded 35 ACL variables which predicted group membership. In general, persisting students endorsed more positive adjectives while dropouts used many more adjectives in describing themselves. Results suggest that, at the time of enrollment, the self-concept as described by personally endorsed adjectives can differentiate those students with high attrition risk from those likely to persist. (Author/HLM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Adjective Check List (Gough and Heilbrun)
Note: Paper presented at the Convention of the Mid South Educational Research Association (November, 1979).