Date of Award:

1975

Document Type:

Dissertation

Degree Name:

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department:

Psychology

Advisor/Chair:

Michael Bertoch

Abstract

A review of the literature revealed that while numerous studies exist relative to the self concept, no study was found that addressed itself specifically to the relationship and relative contribution to the self concept of aspirations, expectations and achievements. The ref ore. this study was launched addressing itself to the question, "Are aspirations. expectations and achievements related to the construct of self concept?", "to what extent are they related when considered as individual variables. in combinations or as a totality?"

The FitzGibbon Rating Scale (FRS) was used as the criterion variable.

FRS scores were gathered by classroom teachers experienced with the FRS and upon whom interrator reliability data had been gathered. Data on aspirations. expectations. and achievements were gathered via a game especially designed for this study.

Subjects (Ss) were 40 girls and 47 boys (N=87) enrolled in the Edith Bowen Teacher Education Laboratory School for the school year 1972-73 in grades 4, 5, and 6 at Utah State University.

Results:

Hypothesis 1a. the correlation between the FRS self concept scores a:.:d level of aspiration scores, was accepted in its null form.

Hypothesis 1b. the correlation between the FRS self concept scores and level of expectation scores. was accepted in its null form.

Hypothesis 1c, the correlation between the FRS self concept scores and level of achievement scores. was accepted in its null form.

Hypothesis 2b, the correlation between the FRS self concept scores and the interrelationship scores between levels of aspiration, achievement and expectation, was accepted in its null form.

Hypothesis 3. the correlation between the FRS self concept scores and the sum of the interrelationship scores among levels of aspiration, achievement and expectation, was accepted in its null form.

Hypotheses 4 and 5 having to do with percent of successes and its relationship to the FRS were rejected.

Hypotheses 2a, dealing with the aspiration-achievement interrelationship and its relationship to the FRS was rejected in its null form. It was the only variable studied that showed a positive significant relationship to the FRS self concept.

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