An Exploratory Study of Deferred Gratification Patterns of Junior High School and Senior High School Drop-Outs and Part-Time Attenders
Date of Award
Master of Arts
Dr. J. Ross Eshelman
Dr. Chester A. Hunt
Milton J. Brawer
Dr. Jerome G. Manis
Masters Thesis-Open Access
The concept of Deferred Gratification refers to the practice of postponing immediate satisfactions so that future goals may be gained. Today's activities are view-example, renouncing emotional impulses will permit eventual emotional satisfaction. Education is viewed as an investment in the future prospects. Saving money is done for future satisfactions. Putting off marriage until one has a good job is perceived as the means to greater mobility.
The utility of Deferred Gratification Patterns (DGP) is in its relationship to social class and social mobility. This is seen in that some realize that social mobility, upward or downward, is a probability in their life. This same group expresses in their actions and attitudes the realization that DGP affects their chances for upward mobility. Those who aspire to be socially mobile must also be aware of their social class level. It, therefore, follows that upward social mobility is a function of DGP in that mobility is partially dependent upon a willingness to defer gratifications.
Woods, Charles T., "An Exploratory Study of Deferred Gratification Patterns of Junior High School and Senior High School Drop-Outs and Part-Time Attenders" (1965). Masters Theses. 4080.