- The purpose of this investigation was to study the relationships among the components of creative thinking and self-concept, defining the constructs as multi-dimensional and using well-standardized instruments as these relationships occur during adolescence.
The Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking (TTCT) was judged to be the most adequate instrument of its kind available despite the lack of information about its ability to reliably measure creative thinking as a multi-dimensional construct. The Self Observation Scales (SOS) was selected as the most adequate multi-dimensional instrument available for measuring self-concept. Additionally the California Achievement Test was utilized. Four components of creative thinking and seven of self-concept were measured.
There were 241 subjects, 107 boys and 134 girls, with an age range of 13 years - 9 months to 18 years - 11 months. Many of the Brattleboro population means and variances differed from the normative means and variances. Simple and partial correlations were calculated. Relationships between flexibility and self-acceptance, flexibility and school affiliation, and fluency and self-acceptance remained significant at all levels of age and achievement and for both sexes. A mean creative thinking score was calculated and was found to be significantly correlated with self-acceptance. However, all correlations were of low magnitude. Utilizing multiple regression techniques, significant predictive equations were also developed for each self-concept component with at least one component of creative thinking appearing in all equations except the equation predicting self-security. Again variance accounted for by the equations was of low magnitude.
Numerous areas of future research were indicated. The relationships between flexibility and self-acceptance, fluency and self-acceptance, and flexibility and school affiliation should be investigated further. Research on the reliabilities and intercorrelations of the subscales of the TTCT should be conducted. Updating of the TTCT norms, particularly for the elaboration component and investigation of their usefulness for rural population was recommended. Additionally it was suggested that the self-security component of self-concept be further investigated because of its unique lack of relationships with other tested factors.
- Dissertation Note:
- D.ED. The Pennsylvania State University 1983.
- Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 44-08, Section: B, page: 2541.
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