The function of parents' educational level and marital happiness in actual-ideal discrepancies of self among college females

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Martha Highsmith Darnley (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Helen Canaday

Abstract: The effect of parental identification upon children growing up in the family has been recognized by many as a crucial factor in the successful development of the individual. The way in which the family situation is perceived by the children is also a contributing factor to healthy emotional and social growth. The investigation of these variables as they relate to self concept is an area deserving of research attention. The present study was an attempt to determine the relationship between the self concept discrepancy scores of college females and their fathers' education, mothers' education, and marital happiness as rated by daughters. Multiple regression was the technique chosen for data analysis, since it offered a means for controlling interaction among the independent variables of fathers' education, mothers' education and marital happiness. The study examined the discrepancy present within the self concept and the amount of relationship to the independent variables. The study sought to identify the familial variables that were related to self concept discrepancy. A greater understanding of the correlates of self concept discrepancy was one of the main purposes of the study. Information of this type is of potential value to professionals who work with families and individuals, both in a preventive and a theraputic capacity. The study also served to further standardize the self concept instrument used, and to contribute to its reliability and validity as a measurement technique.

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Language: English
Date: 1976

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