ERIC Number: ED192696
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
College Student Perceptions. Three-Year Follow-Up of 1973 Freshmen: A Study of Personal and Interpersonal Development.
Nichols, David L.
During the orientation program for freshmen at the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1973, students were surveyed by questionnaire. In 1976 a followup survey was sent to a random sample of 700 of those students, 40 percent of whom responded. The latter survey consisted of 301 multiple choice items, 127 of which are identical to the original questions. The survey covered student activities, interpersonal relationships (frequency of association, understanding the values of others, comfort in association with others, willingness to discuss most personal feelings, willingness to discuss important decisions), relationship with parents, and personal characteristics (self-description, positive traits, negative traits, ability to cope, and change and reasons for change). In each category, responses for freshmen and juniors, for men and women, and changes over the three years are analyzed. It is concluded that while interpersonal relationships seem to mature in college, certain personality characteristics seem to suffer; juniors were found to be more pessimistic, less open to ideas, less enthusiastic and self-disciplined, and less able to cope with success, competition, and loneliness than as freshmen. It is recommended that colleges and universities examine the ways in which their environments may hamper or foster this kind of personal development. (MSE)
Descriptors: College Environment, College Freshmen, College Students, Comparative Analysis, Followup Studies, Higher Education, Individual Development, Interpersonal Competence, Longitudinal Studies, Parent Student Relationship, Personality Traits, School Surveys, Self Concept, Sex Differences, Student Characteristics, Student College Relationship, Student Development
Student Testing and Research, State University of New York, 316 Harriman Library, Buffalo, NY 14214
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
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Authoring Institution: State Univ. of New York, Buffalo.