ERIC Number: ED025062
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967
Reference Count: 0
Effects of Sibling Characteristics and Parental Values on Creative Interest and Achievement.
In investigating patterns of family relationships conducive to creativity, several inventory-type personality tests and a questionnaire about family relationships and childhood interests were sent to 99 Mills College alumnae 5 years after their graduation and to the siblings of 51 of them. All had been tested, while seniors, for personality and some had been selected as creative by the faculty. The 12 of the 51 who had been picked as creative had nine sisters and eight brothers participating while the comparison 39 had 31 sisters and 28 brothers participating. The creatives had higher verbal aptitude scores and made better grades than the other seniors (p .01) and since graduation had shown a higher level of creative activity (p .001). The brothers and sisters of the creatives consistently made higher scores than siblings of other Mills women on the indices of creative traits; they had a higher educational level (p .01); and the brothers received more honors for intellectual distinction (p .01). For the creative Mills sisters, support was found for the conceptualized pattern of having the following: dissatisfaction with their relationships in the family, symbolic facility and an approach to the world focused on the potential or intuitive rather than the practical, and confidence that they could intervene in symbolic affairs and could by their efforts and initiative gain a more satisfying set of relationships. (SN)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Adjustment (to Environment), Cognitive Tests, Creative Development, Creativity, Exceptional Child Research, Family Characteristics, Family Influence, Family Relationship, Family (Sociological Unit), Gifted, Individual Characteristics, Interest Inventories, Personality, Personality Development, Rating Scales, Self Concept, Siblings, Values
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Cooperative Research Program.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Berkeley. Inst. of Personality Assessment and Research.