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William & Mary

1991

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The Personal Motivation System Of Hispanic Female Students As Measured By The Picture Identification Test, Martha Lazcano Muguira Jan 1991

The Personal Motivation System Of Hispanic Female Students As Measured By The Picture Identification Test, Martha Lazcano Muguira

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

This study explored the qualities that distinguished a select group of college freshmen women (National Hispanic Scholars) from a general sample of Hispanic women as assessed by the PIT (Picture Identification Test) a semi-projective systems-oriented instrument that measures motivation (Chambers, 1988). The PIT was mailed to 496 Women Scholars, and administered to self-identified Hispanic freshmen women who attended four universities in the United States for the first time in the Fall of 1990. Results were based on the responses of 99 Ss (Select Group), and 57 Ss (Regular Group) who completed the PIT and fulfilled the criteria.;The specific hypothesis ...


Antecedents Of Maternal-Infant Attachment: A Longitudinal Study, Jacqueline Jeanne White Jan 1991

Antecedents Of Maternal-Infant Attachment: A Longitudinal Study, Jacqueline Jeanne White

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

This dissertation was designed to measure the longitudinal effects of several maternal and infant variables, on the security of attachment as assessed by the Strange Situation. The sixty mother-infant dyads who participated in this study were recruited from three Tidewater prenatal clinics. The goal of this dissertation was to determine the correlation of maternal and infant constructs with the criterion variables of maternal perception of her baby and the Strange Situation. The statistical technique of path analysis was utilized to analyze data collected over five periods: prenatal, postpartum, three-, six- and sixteen-months. The results of the path analysis revealed that ...


Reactions To Spousal Death Resulting From Cancer: A Descriptive Study Of Anticipatory Grief And The Cognitive Appraisal Of The Loss Of A Spouse, Jennifer Claire Kinyon Elison Jan 1991

Reactions To Spousal Death Resulting From Cancer: A Descriptive Study Of Anticipatory Grief And The Cognitive Appraisal Of The Loss Of A Spouse, Jennifer Claire Kinyon Elison

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

This study described spousal reactions to loss following a cancer related death. Anticipatory grieving behaviors and variables unique to cancer were examined using Lazarus' cognitive appraisal paradigm. An interview which focused on self-reported changes in thoughts and feelings from time of diagnosis to the time of the death was administered by the researcher to thirty men and/or women whose spouses had died from cancer over the past two and a half years.;Individual responses to the interview questions were categorized according to type of response. The findings suggest that the majority of men and/or women whose spouses have ...


An Investigation Of The Effects Of Breach Of Confidentiality Of Adolescents' Level Of Trust, Carolyn Bosta Warrick Jan 1991

An Investigation Of The Effects Of Breach Of Confidentiality Of Adolescents' Level Of Trust, Carolyn Bosta Warrick

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of breach of confidentiality on adolescents' level of trust using a pretest/posttest control group experimental design. The study used a normal population of eighth grade middle school students enrolled in average regular education classes in the Hampton Public School System. The initial sample consisted of 162 students (123 of which completed the entire study), designated as high or low trusters based on their scores on Rotter's Interpersonal Trust Scale, who were randomly assigned to 1 of 3 groups, and the groups randomly assigned to 1 of 3 treatment ...


The Relationship Of Codependence To Career Choice, Karen Hinderliter Barnett Jan 1991

The Relationship Of Codependence To Career Choice, Karen Hinderliter Barnett

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

The purpose of this study was to investigate the possible correlation between codependency and career choice. A review of the literature seems to indicate that the helping professions attract people who are "prone" to codependency. For this reason, this study focused on four groups of undergraduate students: nursing students, psychology students, and social work majors, as the "helping profession" students, and students majoring in business-related fields. The study was also designed to provide empirical evidence to conplement the descriptive studies which have been the main source of information available up to the present time.;Subjects were drawn from students attending ...


The Utility Of A Computerized Assessment Battery To Evaluate Cognitive Functioning And Attention, Carl Richard Ellis Jan 1991

The Utility Of A Computerized Assessment Battery To Evaluate Cognitive Functioning And Attention, Carl Richard Ellis

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

In recent years much attention has been given to the application of computer technology to psychometric methods, but researchers have concentrated on adapting traditional methods of psychological testing to the new technology instead of utilizing it to develop innovative methods of assessment. The purpose of this study was to determine whether a computerized assessment battery designed to evaluate cognitive functioning and attention could demonstrate reliability and validity. The Computerized Cognitive Assessment Battery (CCAB) was developed according to the PASS Model of Cognitive Functioning and administered via a Macintosh computer and test results included response style variables (mouse movement and response ...


Physiological Responding In Anhedonic And Perceptually Aberrant College Students, Kathryn Elizabeth Stauffer Jan 1991

Physiological Responding In Anhedonic And Perceptually Aberrant College Students, Kathryn Elizabeth Stauffer

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

No abstract provided.


Interpretation Of Nonverbal Communication By Individuals Exhibiting Schizotypal Traits, Cecilia Puccini Jan 1991

Interpretation Of Nonverbal Communication By Individuals Exhibiting Schizotypal Traits, Cecilia Puccini

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

No abstract provided.


Coping With Siblings And Peers: How College Students Deal With Stress On Interpersonal And Individual Bases, Deborah J. Kennerson Jan 1991

Coping With Siblings And Peers: How College Students Deal With Stress On Interpersonal And Individual Bases, Deborah J. Kennerson

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

No abstract provided.


Hassles, Major Life Events, Humor, And Coping As Predictors Of Mood Disturbance, Depression And Somatization, Sheryl L. Catz Jan 1991

Hassles, Major Life Events, Humor, And Coping As Predictors Of Mood Disturbance, Depression And Somatization, Sheryl L. Catz

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

No abstract provided.


Gender Roles And Home Computer Use By Children, Trelles Whitfield D'Alemberte Jan 1991

Gender Roles And Home Computer Use By Children, Trelles Whitfield D'Alemberte

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

No abstract provided.


Racism, Sexism And Ageism In America, Bobbie Alexander Lyons Jan 1991

Racism, Sexism And Ageism In America, Bobbie Alexander Lyons

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

No abstract provided.