Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
An investigation was conducted to determine the relationship between contrasting levels of reading achievement and three psychodynamic factors, identification with parents, relationship with peers, and the value of reading and good grades. Selection of the Ss was made by statistical methods utilizing data obtained from school records. The device for testing the hypotheses was a form of the semantic differential administered to the Ss in their homes. The findings indicate no relationship between levels of reading achievement and parental identification, relationship with peers, or reading and good grades except in one instance in which overachieving males valued reading significantly different than underachieving males. Further research regarding identification, its nature, its measurement, and its relation to reading achievement is recommended.
Copyright 1959 Robert J. Stout
Stout, Robert J., "A Semantic Analysis of Over- and Underachievers" (1959). Master's Theses. 660.