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Master of Science (MS)



Department name when degree awarded

Counseling Psychology


Sterling Gerber


A study of the personality characteristic as measured by the Minnesota Multiphasic personality Inventory (MMPI) was made of an experimental group of students brought before the Standards Committee at Utah State University for infractions against the school's code of conduct. It was then compared with personality characteristics of a control group representing the remaining student body.

The result was no significant difference between the two groups on any of the MMPI scales.

After checking the activities of the two groups, it was found that the experimental group was lower in grade point average than the general student body, but this difference was not statistically significant. However, in the area of involvement in school, church, and community activity, the difference was significant, The experimental group ranged from low to medium while the control group varied from medium to high.