Reentry women : the relationship of Q-ACH, extraversion-introversion, and locus of control to physical persistence on two psychomotor tasks

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Susan Mary Molstad (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Pearl Berlin

Abstract: Although adult women returning to college represent one of the fastest growing groups in higher education, little information exists regarding their specific characteristics. Reference to physical activity and the reentry woman is notably missing. The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship of selected psychological variables to physical task persistence, a quality associated with physically active individuals. Data were collected from a random sample of 35 traditional and 35 reentry women undergraduates enrolled at the University of North Carolina Spring semester, 1980. On a specified date, temporal persistence on a gross physical balance task and an eye-hand manipulative task was measured. Measures of achievement motivation (Q-ACH), extraversion (EXT), and internal locus of control (LOCUS) were collected at another time. In addition, each subject completed a Personal Data Questionnaire. One significant difference was found between the samples on the five measurement variables. Traditional women persisted significantly longer (<.05) on the gross physical balance task than reentry women. The subjects were similar on the remaining variables. Members of both groups were characterized as equally persistent on the eye-hand manipulative task, highly achievement oriented, moderately extraverted, and internally controlled.

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Language: English
Date: 1981
Women college students
Adult education of women
Motor ability

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