Confounding of personality and social class characteristics in research on premature termination

Stephen L. Stern, Samuel F. Moore, Steven J. Gross

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Conducted a study with 68 male outpatients (mean age, 29.5 yrs) to determine whether previous research in the area of premature termination had confounded personality with social class variables. It was hypothesized that while middle- and lower-class Ss might differ on 3 personality characteristics previously shown to be related to premature termination, no differences on these personality characteristics would be found between Ss who terminated and those who remained within any single social class. The Terminator-Remainer Scale was administered to 34 lower- and 34 middle-class Ss. Half of each group was identified as terminators or remainers. A 2 * 2 factorial analysis of variance with planned comparisons tested the hypothesis. Results confirm the hypothesis for the Behavior Disturbance and Modified F scales but not for the modified Taylor Manifest Anxiety scale. In addition, it was found that the prediction of termination with the Terminator-Remainer Scale seemed to be made primarily on the basis of social class. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)341-344
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of consulting and clinical psychology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1 1975


  • middle class male outpatients
  • personality characteristics, premature termination of psychotherapy, lower &
  • social class factors &

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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