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ERIC Number: ED092580
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Mar
Pages: 11
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Semantic Space Coordinates of Adolescents in School Situations. Revised.
Maslon, Patricia; Merrifield, Philip
To eight pictures of adolescents in the School Scene Apperception Questionnaire, adolescents note their agreement to statements which were derived from free responses by more than 600 adolescents having some difficulty in school. To establish the reactions of school-adjusted adolescents to the pictures, three semantic differential factors--constriction, potency, and activity--were selected. Scores for both constriction and potency were expected to be higher for adolescent-adult situations than for adolescents alone, and scores for activity to show an interaction between sex of adolescent pictured and sex of respondent. Respondents were 50 boys and 50 girls 13 to 16 years old from predominantly urban schools in New York and New Jersey. Sixty-eight children were classified as white; none had salient adjustive difficulties. Adjective intercorrelations were factored and four pictured situations selected to test hypotheses. There were no differences in constriction scores for the two kinds of situations and no interaction effects in activity scores. There were significantly higher potency scores for adult-involving pictures. Further, boys were more active than girls, and adult-involving situations more than adolescents alone. These adolescents see adults as facilitators rather than as sources of constraint. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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