Master's Theses


Social Work

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


The purpose of the researcher was to investigate selected aspects of Chickering's Theory of Psychosocial Student Development. The following independent variables were investigated: gender, ethnicity, age, and college classification. Intimacy and Salubrious Lifestyle scale scores from the Student Developmental Task and Lifestyle Inventory were employed as dependent variables. The sample consisted of 174 students. Four composite null hypotheses were tested at the .05 level employing a three-way analysis of variance (general linear model). A total of 28 comparisons were made plus 28 recurring. Of the 28 comparisons, 8 were main effects and 20 were interactions. None of the 8 main effects was statistically significant at the .05 level. One or the 28 interactions was statistically significant at the .05 level. The statistically significant interaction was among the independent variables gender, ethnicity, and college classification for the dependent variable Salubrious Lifestyle. The result s of the present study appears to support the following generalizations: 1. Gender, ethnicity, and college classification should be interpreted concurrently for Salubrious Lifestyle; 2. Gender is not associated with Intimacy; 3. Ethnicity is not associated with Intimacy; 4. College classification is not associated with Intimacy; 5. Age is not associated with Intimacy: and 6. Age is not associated with Salubrious Lifestyle.


Bill Daley

Date of Award

Summer 1995

Document Type

Thesis - campus only access


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