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ERIC Number: ED124056
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-Jan-10
Pages: 22
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Significant Others: A New Look at Attrition.
Husband, Robert L.
Specific factors related to attrition at Spring Arbor College were identified, along with several basic problems with attrition-retention studies found in a review of the literature. Using the "significant other" model, this project differed from the general research by taking a relational perspective to the problem of attrition. The relationship between a student's "significant others" and his staying or leaving college was examined. The construct "significant other" was defined as one who influences an individual's conceptions (about himself and his orientation toward life) through either interaction (definer) or by example (model). The findings supported three hypotheses: (1) A student will have a propensity to drop out if he has no "significant others" at the college. (2) A student will have a propensity to remain if he has at least one "significant other" affiliated with the college. (3) The Significant Other Survey is a useful instrument in the early identification of students who are most likely to drop out of Spring Arbor College. Highlights of a program designed to reduce attrition based on the Significant Other Model were used in summarizing the project. (Author/LBH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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