Date of Award

7-1-1990

Degree Type

Thesis

University or Center

Atlanta University (AU)

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

Sociology

First Advisor

Dr. K. S. Murty

Abstract

This thesis focused upon an examination of the characteristics of students participating in an undergraduate honors program.

Demographic and socioeconomic information, along with questions pertaining to the respondents' perception of the honors program, obtainability of reference standards from participating in the program, perception of self-worth, and parental influence were examined to determine specific characteristics which promote undergraduate student's participation in the university's honors program.

The sample consisted of 15 males and 52 females participants. All participants lived on campus and were between the ages of 17 and 23.

The findings of this study indicate that both male and female participants in the honors program represent a homogeneous group in regards to perception of the honors program, obtainability of reference standards from being associated with the honors program, and internal direction. Moreover, paternal support was found to be significant in influencing the respondents' who came from dual parental backgrounds to attend college however, those respondent's who came from single parent households were uncertain or disagreed with paternal support.

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