Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Thomas T. Jackson
The effects of favorable (i.e., normal) and unfavorable (i.e., mentally ill) labels were assessed using a Felt Figure Replacement Technique, a Comfortable Interpersonal Distance Scale, and a 7-point bi-polar scale. Female subjects portrayed various social schemata between figures labeling “self” and figures given a favorable or unfavorable label. The assumption was that unfavorably labeled figures would be placed further away from the self figure than favorably labeled figures. When the data of the 108 female college students were analyzed, there was a significant difference in the distance between the self figure and the favorably or unfavorably labeled figure. The self figure was placed closer to the mentally healthy figure than to the mentally ill figure.
Copyright 1979 Omega Galliano
Galliano, Omega, "Labeling Effects as a Determinant of Personal Space" (1979). Master's Theses. 1750.