Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Jerome G. Manis

Second Advisor

Dr. Robert Jack Smith

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


Chapter I


Purpose of the Study

The topic considered in this thesis is the construction and validation of six mental health sub-scales which are based upon procedures controlling for age, sex, and educational status. Each item in a 22 item mental health scale is tested for validity by age, sex, and educational status. Six sub-scales, one for each dichotomy of the three social groups, are constructed from this procedure. The validity of these sub-scales is then tested via six different criteria of mental health. Finally, the validity of the six sub-scales, the original 22 item scale, and a related 9 item scale1 are compared by examining their strengths of relationship with the six mental health criteria.