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TitleA methodological and developmental study of personal space
AuthorHusk, Gordon Stephen, 1949-
DescriptionThesis (M.Sc.)--Memorial University of Newfoundland, 1982. Psychology
Pagination141 leaves
SubjectPersonal space;
Degree GrantorMemorial University of Newfoundland. Dept. of Psychology
NotesBibliography : leaves 121-129.
AbstractThe main purpose of this experiment was to assess the validity of the simulation and laboratory methods of measuring interpersonal distance (IPD) over a broad age range. Male dyads from five Grade levels (K, Grades 3, 6, 9 and Adult) were asked to perform a skit, the preparation of which was surreptitiously video-taped and later assessed for IPD and three other components of personal space (orientation, looking and talking). The comparison of this field method IPD with laboratory and simulation IPDs at each Grade level demonstrated little validity for the latter two methods below the Adult level. Using the simulation method, the consistent findings of closer spacing for friends than strangers (at most levels) led the author to conclude that it should be used to asses relative spacing than for determination of absolute IPD. - Components of personal space assessed from the video-tapes yielded low multiple correlations of IPD as a function of the other components. Although there was a marked increase in multiple correlations for the Adult group from the other Grade levels, this was not supported by both judges. More elaborate research procedures using the field method were advocated, with the purpose of examining a greater variety of potential components of personal space.
Resource TypeElectronic thesis or dissertation
FormatImage/jpeg; Application/pdf
SourcePaper copy kept in the Centre for Newfoundland Studies, Memorial University Libraries
Local Identifier75218098
RightsThe author retains copyright ownership and moral rights in this thesis. Neither the thesis nor substantial extracts from it may be printed or otherwise reproduced without the author's permission.
CollectionElectronic Theses and Dissertations
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