Master's Theses

Date of Award

Summer 1969

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)




John D. King


The present study was conducted in order to evaluate the validity of the CHAS for use with an adult retardate population. The CHAS was administered to 20 institutionalized adult retardates. This study attempted to determine whether there would be a significant increase in CHAS scores after the inducement of a stress situation. The results indicated that the CHAS is a questionable instrument for use with a retarded population whose intellectual functioning is similar to that of the sample used in this study. There was evidence that many of the responses were based on social approval rather than a measurement of anxiety. This was further supported by the L scale responses. Generalizations from the present study were limited by the small size and the homogeneous nature of the population.


Copyright 1969 George T. Swihart


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