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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



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Heber C. Sharp


Heber C. Sharp


This study was aimed at finding relationships between the triad of academic achievement, child's perception of parental attitude, and his problem awareness. The study was designed with reference to three postulates of phenomenological psychology. (a) The perceptual field of an individual at any moment determines his behavior of the moment. (b) The term phenomenal self is formed by the individual's interaction with others. (c) The basic need of the organism is the maintenance and actualization of the self.

A survey of the literature tended to support the thesis that there was a positive relationship between educational achievement and parental acceptance. On the other hand, research in this area also contained some evidence showing that parents of achieving children tended to adopt power assertive techniques of child rearing.

Sixty achievers and sixty underachievers of both sexes were administered the Father and Mother form of the Parent-Child Relationship Questionnaire and the Mooney Problem Check List and their relationships were noticed.

The results showed that the scales on the Mooney Problem Check List distinguished the underachieving and achieving boy but not the under achieving and achieving girl, except the School scale. The only scales which significantly differentiated the underachiever from the achiever for both boys and girls on both the forms were Punishment Direct-Object and Loving. The study did not reveal any significant relationship between the scales on the two forms of PCRQ and MPCL.



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