ERIC Number: ED466837
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
Excited and Scared: Case Study of the Impact a Personal Growth Support Group Has on the Self-Efficacy of Community College Returning Women Students.
VanEvery, C. Darlene
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the impact of a personal growth support group on the personal effectiveness (or "self-efficacy") of a small group of returning female community college students. Those who participated in the study were women over the age of 25 who were attending college for the first time or were returning to college after a break to marry, raise a family, or work. Students were members of one of three groups: (1) an experimental group, consisting of five women who participated in an eight-week personal growth support group; (2) another experimental group, this one made up of nine women who were members of a 16-week psychology class taught by a community college counselor; and (3) the control group, consisting of three women from two other 16-week psychology classes taught by a full-time psychology faculty member. Group members completed three instruments each week that measured self-efficacy and anxiety symptoms. Interviews, questionnaires, and observations were also employed. None of the data from the instruments showed a statistically significant improvement in self-efficacy over the period of eight weeks. However, the quantitative data showed slight improvements in most incidences and did support the use of a personal growth support group as a means of improving self-efficacy for the women in the first experimental group. Research instrument is appended. (Contains 40 references.) (Author/EMH)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations; Reports - Research
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Note: Doctoral dissertation presented to George Mason University (Virginia) for D.A. in Community College Education.