Term of Award

1980

Degree Name

Degree of Master of Arts in Psychology

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (restricted to Georgia Southern)

Department

Department of Psychology

Committee Chair

Gary Dudley

Committee Member 1

illegible

Committee Member 2

illegible

Abstract

This study compared 51 female and 1+2 male members of a health class at Georgia College on the Opinions About Mental Illness Scale (OMI), the Attitudes Toward Behavior Modification Scale, and the Marlowe-Crowne Social Desirability Scale. Also, nine members of the professional staff at Central State Hospital completed the OMI and the Attitudes Toward Behavior Modifi¬ cation Scale. The students were divided into four groups: group one com¬ pleted a pre-test and took part in the hospital volunteer program; group two completed a pre-test but did not participate in the program; group three participated in the program; and group four did not participate in the program; all four groups completed a post-test on all three instruments subsequent to the hospital experience. It was predicted: (l) that the par¬ ticipant groups would show greater attitude change on the OMI, (2) that scores on the OMI would be correlated with scores on the Marlowe-Crowne scale, (3) that high scorers on the Marlowe-Crowne scale would also show greater attitude change on the OMI, and (u) that participants and non-par¬ ticipants would differ significantly on the Marlowe-Crowne scale. Only hy¬ pothesis four was supported, t(91)=1.81,£

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