ERIC Number: ED214242
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Relationships between Stimulus-Seeking, School Climate and Self-Reported Deviant Behavior in High Schools.
Wasson, Avtar S.; Dionne, Jean-Paul
The interactions among student personality, school climate, and socially deviant behavior were examined by means of a survey of 483 high school students in three rural schools in eastern Ontario (Canada). Data were gathered on students' stimulus-seeking behavior, their self-reported deviant behavior in school, and their perceptions of whether the school's climate facilitated self-development and growth and of whether it pressed for stability and bureaucratic control. The survey instruments included M. Zuckerman's Sensation-Seeking Scale, G. G. Stern's Elementary and Secondary School Environment Index, and a school deviant behavior scale developed by the authors. Examination of the survey responses using analysis of variance and regression analysis indicated that high stimulus-seekers engaged in more deviant school behavior than did low stimulus-seekers, no matter what the school climate. However, they did so less often when they perceived the school climate to facilitate self-development. Perception of school climate as high on control pressure did not have a highly significant effect on the relationship between stimulus-seeking and deviant school behavior. (Author/RW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Ontario; Stimulus Seeking Behavior
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, NY, March 19-23, 1982).