Individual, Family, and Community Education ETDs

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A 2 x 2 x 3 design was employed to investigate the influence of three variables on the acquisition of avoidant behavior through imitation. The three variables were sex of the model (male and female), sex of the subject (male and female), and the prestige attributed to the model (high, low, or no).

Subjects for the study were 46 members of the nursery school and kindergarten at the University of New Mexico. Models were college students who were selected for their ability and willingness to be quite demonstrative.

The experimental room consisted of a corridor 15 feet long and 4 feet wide. The corridor was divided in the middle by a curtain, which when closed, obscured from the view of the Ss the stimulus object at the opposite end of the corridor. The stimulus object was a 15 inch long, stuffed Iguana lizard.

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Counselor Education

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Individual, Family, and Community Education

First Committee Member (Chair)

Gordon A. Zick

Second Committee Member

Karl Koenig

Third Committee Member

L. C. Bernidani

Fourth Committee Member

Wayne Moellenberg

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