Date of Defense

Spring 4-1975

Department

Psychology

Abstract

A fresh awareness of an old social phenomenon has slowly crept upon the American public. To be sure cross-country hitchhiking is not new to this country, but what causes one to take notice are the growing number of individuals traveling the highway by thumb and backpack. The idea of leaving home, family, and the comfort/discomfort of the familiar to assume the nomadic role of a modern day Ulysses is strongly attractive to many who would, in other circumstances, be contemplating jobs, college, or marriage. Who are these people and why are they on the road? What distinguishes them from their friend who remain at home? These were some of the questions that led to this investigation. The author was particularly interested in whether the theory of psychological types postulated by the Swiss psychologist Carl Jung over half a century ago would be of use in an investigation of a current social phenomenon in America.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Campus Only

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