Theories of vocational choice are of current and vital interest to the counseling profession. Roe's theoretical work based on the Freudian assumption that occupational choice is related to family atmostphere has particularly stimulated recent research in this area. This study similarly follows her theory and employs Dr. Nachmann's techniques who tested comparable hypotheses with different groups in 1957.
The problem of this study was to determine if there were certain differences in the childhood experience of physicists, L.D.S. seminary teachers, and outstanding competitive athletes. Fifteen B.Y.U. students were interviewed in each group, the interviews following the items of a questionnaire. Four raters were in 86 percent agreement with the researcher as to judgments relating to the eight hypotheses of the study. The one-tailed chi square statistic and the t ratio were employed and the .05 level of confidence established as the minimum level at which the null hypothesis would be rejected.
College and Department
David O. McKay School of Education; Educational Leadership and Foundations
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Cranney, A. Garr Jr., "A Study of Childhood Experiences of Physicists, LDS Seminary Teachers and Outstanding Competitive Athletes" (1961). Theses and Dissertations. 4622.
Vocational guidance, Parent, child, Physics, Athletics, Mormon Church, Seminaries