ERIC Number: ED412232
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Apr-10
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Interpersonal Dependency and Its Relation to Creative Thinking: An Exploratory Study.
Chu, Judy Y.
This study investigated relationships between interpersonal dependency and: (1) the ability to generate creative ideas; (2) the tendency to give creative responses on tasks that elicit creative thinking; and (3) comfort with tasks that elicit creative thinking. It is conceivable that interpersonally dependent students, because they desire the approval of others, may be reluctant to use learning strategies that involve creative thinking. They perceive these strategies as being more risky. However, it seems unlikely that interpersonal dependency could impair an individual's ability to generate creative ideas, even if it restricts the use or reporting of such ideas. Participants were 134 students in grades 10 through 12, attending a public suburban high school in southern California. Interpersonal dependency was assessed using the Interpersonal Dependency Inventory. Creative ability was assessed using Topics Tests (R. B. Eckstrom, J. W. French, and H. H. Harman, 1976). Creative response and comfort were assessed using questions about two poems. Results from this study suggest that participants with higher levels of interpersonal dependency are equally capable of generating creative ideas and equally likely to give creative responses on tasks that elicit creative thinking. However, they tend to feel less comfortable with tasks that elicit creative thinking as compared with their counterparts with lower levels of interpersonal dependency. (Contains 1 figure, 5 tables, and 22 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: California