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Carl Martray, Ernest Owens, James Craig

Degree Program

Department of Psychology

Degree Type

Master of Arts


The specific problem investigated in the study was to determine the effects that small growth groups would have on the self-concepts of the participants. The Tennessee Self Concept Scale was used as a measure. The experimental group (N=30) and the control group (N=30) were comprised of college students enrolled in Introductory Psychology classes at Western Kentucky University. The group members participated in ten sessions over a five week period. An analysis of variance of the split plot design was conducted to measure the hypothesized change in self due to the treatment. The conclusion of this study is that participants in the group sessions did not significantly enhance their self-concepts as a result of treatment as measured by the Tennessee Self Concept Scale.


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