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ERIC Number: ED258074
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Aug
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
Longitudinal Person-Situation Interchanges and the Growth of Self-Definition.
Jenkins, Sharon Rae
Self-definition is a thought pattern, scored from imaginative fantasy, which is related to constructive behavioral independence of social norms. Research has shown that self-definition seems related to the opportunity for operant initiative-taking, especially when active and less sex-stereotyped activities are chosen. Senior college women (N=118) in the Michigan Student Study of 1967 responded to four projective sentence cues yielding imaginative story protocols. The sample was followed up in 1970 with a questionnaire regarding educational and career histories, family life, childbearing, and future plans; and again in 1981 with a similar questionnaire including the same four projective sentence cues given in 1967. Repeated story protocols were available for 64 subjects. The story protocols were scored for self-definition. To assess longitudinal changes in self-definition, two subdivisions of the sample were made, one according to the subjects' childbearing and the other according to career patterns. The results indicated that the sample as a whole showed a significant decrease in self-definition from 1967 to 1981. The decrease was most marked for women with children. The group with no children did not decrease significantly. The group with interrupted career or no career also decreased significantly in self-definition and in 1981 was significantly different from the continuous career group. The overall longitudinal autocorrelation of self-definition was not significant. (The coding categories for self-definition scoring system are appended.) (NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A