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Title: A personality study of successful male and female athletes and professionals
Author: Zerbe, Louisa W.
Degree Master of Physical Education - MPEd
Program Physical Education
Copyright Date: 1982
Abstract: The hypotheses that there would be no significant differences between successful male and female individuals in law, medicine and athletics on six selected personality traits and five socio-cultural factors were tested by administering Cattell's 16 PF Form C. and a socio-cultural questionnaire. Cattell's 16 PF data obtained from: twenty-eight male athletes, twenty-nine female athletes, twenty male professionals and twelve female professionals (professionals being lawyers and doctors), was analyzed using a one-way analysis of variance. Results indicated that there were no significant differences among the four groups on the six personality traits examined: emotional stability, assertiveness, conscientiousness, tough-mindedness, self-assuredness and self-sufficiency. A Chi Square statistic was used to analyze the data from the socio-cultural questionnaire. The results indicated that there were no significant differences among the four groups on birth order, family size and culture. Significant differences were observed for athletic experience (p ≤ .00001) and educational experience (p ≤ .008). These differences, however, were anticipated as the criteria for selection of subjects was based on their achievement in athletics and education.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2429/24114
Series/Report no. UBC Retrospective Theses Digitization Project [http://www.library.ubc.ca/archives/retro_theses/]
Scholarly Level: Graduate

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