ERIC Number: ED163876
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1970
Reference Count: N/A
Differences Between Fraternity and Non-Fraternity Members at the University of Maryland. Research Report No. 12-70.
Lynch, Robert C.; Sedlacek, William E.
To ascertain the nature and extent of the differences between fraternity and non-fraternity men at the University of Maryland, a study was conducted in June 1969 with a small random sample (approximately 50 in each group). Their spring 1969 semester grades, ACT (or converted SAT) composite scores, and responses to selected items on the 1969 University Student Census were compared. Nonstatistically significant differences were found on academic or biographical variables. Fraternity members differed from independents in their opinions on only two items: they more frequently felt they had been leaders in high school, and agreed more than independents that students had ample opportunity to participate in university policy-making. The failure of anticipated differences to appear in such areas as racial attitudes and academic versus social emphases may be a function of small sample size. The expectation of differences may also be inaccurate stereotypes of individuals, based on group behaviors. (Author/SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: Maryland Univ., College Park. Counseling Center.