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ERIC Number: ED211866
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Students' Satisfaction With Graduate School and Attributions of Control and Responsibility.
Madden, Margaret E.; Carli, Linda
The faculty of graduate programs are often concerned with factors associated with students' successful completion of graduate school. Causal attributions are one type of perception relevant to satisfaction with graduate school, and attribution theory suggests other variables that may affect graduate student satisfaction. The relationships among perceived personal control, blame of others, and satisfaction were explored for a sample of 57 students from 23 social psychology graduate programs. Subject responses to a questionnaire revealed that satisfaction with graduate school was positively correlated with perceived personal control. Satisfaction and control were positively associated with faculty respect for students and negatively associated with students' blame of faculty for problems. The results suggest specific program factors which appear to influence students' satisfaction with graduate school, including that the amount of structure in the graduate program is negatively correlated with satisfaction. Additionally, the students' perceptions of how faculty evaluate them and the frequency of their interaction with other students and faculty are positively correlated with both control and satisfaction and negatively correlated with blame of the faculty. (Author/NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Blame; Satisfaction
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association (52nd, New York, NY, April 22-25, 1981). Best copy available.