Date of Award

12-1988

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Occupational Therapy

First Advisor

Dr. David Nelson

Second Advisor

Dr. Doris Smith

Third Advisor

Dr. Shirley Lukens

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access

Abstract

The Type A Personality Index, a measure of whether an individual tends to be a Type A or a Type B personality, was given to 30 male and 30 female college students who then participated in a planting activity, presented as either a work task or a leisure activity. Productivity was measured by number of pottings, and affective responses to the activity in the areas of evaluation, power, and action were determined by Osgood's 12-scale short form semantic differential (OSD). No significant correlations were found between personality type and productivity or OSD scores in either the work or leisure conditions. The work group produced significantly more pottings than the leisure group. Study of this topic is theoretically significant to the profession of occupational therapy in that such information can be used to assist in the structuring of therapeutic activities.

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