Master's Theses

Date of Award

Spring 1991

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Social Work

Advisor

Bill Daley

Abstract

The purpose of the researcher was to investigate the self concepts of individuals diagnosed as chronic mentally ill. The independent variables investigated were duration of partial hospitalization, gender, diagnosis and chronological age. The dependent variables employed were scores from 10 subscales of the Tennessee Self Concept Scale. The subscales were: (1) physical self, (2) moral-ethical self, (3) personal self, (4) family self, (5) social self, (6) self criticism, (7) identity, (8) self satisfaction, (9) behavior and (10) total P scores, The Tennessee Self Concept Scale was administered to a group of 35 chronic mentally ill individuals at High Plains Mental Health Center. Data were analyzed by testing four composite null hypothesis employing three way analysis of variance (general linear model). One-hundred comparisons plus 130 recurring were made. Of the 100 comparisons made, 9 were statistically significant at the .05 level. The 9 statistically significant comparisons were for main effects. The significant main effects were for the independent variables gender with family self, identity, and total P; duration with physical self, personal self, family self, and behavior; and age with family self and behavior, The results of the present study appeared to support the following generalizations: (1) chronic mentally ill males posses a higher self concept than females for family self, identity and total g; (2) the shorter the duration of partial hospitalization of the chronic mentally ill individuals, the higher the self concept for physical self, personal self, family self, and behaviors; (3) chronic mentally ill individuals older than 32 years have a higher self concept than those individuals 32 years and younger and (4) diagnostic categories and self concept was not associated for any of the ten dependent variables.

Rights

Copyright 1991 Steven S. Nachtigal

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