Master's Theses

Department

Psychology

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Abstract

This research was designed to explore the implications that an interpersonal theory has to offer in explaining the reported difference between the conceptions of job interviewers to two approaches of describing former psychiatric hospitalization of a patient. These approaches use problem-centered (PC) and mental illness (MI) terms. Sixty males, Business and Economics majors, at Fort Hays Kansas State College served as subjects. The Interpersonal Check List (ICL) was administered to twenty-nine subjects who received the PC description of the applicant and thirty-one subjects who received the MI description of the applicant. The applicant for a hypothetical occupational position happened to be a former ex-psychiatric patient. The interpersonal conceptions of these interviewers, subjects, to the descriptions of hospitalization were measured by the following three adapted indices of the Leary Interpersonal System: Conscious Identification, Objective and Subjective Idealization. In comparing the PC and MI groups of subjects, it was possible to delineate differences between conceptions about the interpersonal traits of an ex-psychiatric patient on the ICL. PC and MI descriptions of the patient did not, however, elicit significantly different reactions that were measured by the indices proposed.

Advisor

William F. Gwynn

Date of Award

Summer 1966

Document Type

Thesis - campus only access

Rights

© 1966 David H. Gillooly

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