Advisor(s) - Committee Chair
Retta Poe, Clinton Layne, David Shiek
Department of Psychology
Master of Arts
Previous research concerning the relative strengths of women's achievement, affiliation, and nurterance needs is reviewed. eased on Bardwick's theories, it was predicted that the need to achieve would be significantly higher for married than for single women and significantly higher, the older the age group. It was also Predicted that the need to affiliate would be significantly higher for single than for married women and significantly higher, the younger the age group. Based on Benedek's theories, it was predicted that the need to nurture would not differ significantly between married and single women and that it would not differ significantly among age groups. In order to measure these needs the Personality Research Form-E was given to 120 married and single women. As predicted, results showed that achievement needs increased as a function of increasing age, and affiliation needs decreased as a function of increasing age. In addition, it was found that affiliation needs are significantly lower for married than for single women. It was concluded that affiliation is of central importance in the adolescent period and that adolescent females are preoccupied with meeting this need. Achievement becomes the focus of attention as women grow older. Contrary to prediction, the nurturance need does not appear to have consistent strength in women and seems to decrease with age.
Applied Behavior Analysis | Developmental Psychology | Psychology | Social and Behavioral Sciences
Farrar, Lochia, "Achievement, Affiliation & Nurturance Needs in College Women: A Comparison by Age & Marital Status" (1976). Masters Theses & Specialist Projects. Paper 2322.