ERIC Number: ED032584
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Personality Traits in Adolescents: An Investigation of Playfulness-Nonplayfulness in the High-School Setting.
Lieberman, J. Nina
The Specific aim of the present project was to establish criteria for playfulness and nonplayfulness in adolescents and to develop measuring instruments for these behavior dimensions. It was hypothesized that teachers were able to rate adolescents on these traits as manifested in the high school classroom. Questionnaires were completed by 115 junior high and high school teachers. On this instrument, ten subscales showed satisfactory reliability and validity coefficients. Two distinct factors emerged, and on the basis of their loadings on component traits of playfulness and nonplayfulness, were labeled "social-emotional" and "academic" playfulness and nonplayfulness. Conclusions drawn from the data include: (1) playfulness and nonplayfulness are identifiable in the high school classroom and are complementary ends on a rating scale continuum, and (2) teachers see their students as relatively stable in playfulness-nonplayfulness characteristics over a period of one to two months. (Author/KJ)
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Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHEW), Bethesda, MD.
Authoring Institution: City Univ. of New York, Brooklyn, NY. Brooklyn Coll.