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Boston University
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Theses & Dissertations Dissertations and Theses (pre-1964)

1953

Personality attributes related to
bronchial asthma in the adult male.

https://hdl.handle.net/2144/9273

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BOSTON UNIVERSITY
GRADUATE SCHOOL

Dissertation

PERSONALITY ATTRIBUTES RELATED TO BRONCHIAL

ASTHMA IN THE ADULT MALE

by

Alan Jannes Glasser
(A.B., Stanford University, l939;A.M.,Boston University, 1951)

Subnnitted in partial fulfilnnent of the
requirennents for the degree of

Doctor of Philosophy
1953

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ment for Judge A with Judge B was 93.1 %, for Judge A with Judge c,

87.4%, and for Judge B with Judge C 85.8%. Average per cent of ·

agreement for all three judges was 88.8%.

2. Specific Hypothesis--Thematic Apperception Test: The

classification above or below the midpoint of the distribution for TAT

dependency scores is independent of the classification asthmatic-non-

asthmatic. This hypothesis is tested against the alternative stated

above that these classifications are not independent, the direction of

the relation being such that significantly more asthmatics fall in the

above the midpoint category and more non-asthmatics in the below the

midpoint category.

Results tend to show the classification asthmatic-non-asthmatic

is not independent of the classification above and below the distribution

midpoint. Chi Square comparison of the groups yielded a result of

6.48, significant at the .015 level in the predicted direction (Table III).

There is a clinical impression that, in addition to amount of depen-

dency shown, the vividness of the expression of dependency was also

greater in the asthmatic group. Certain cards, namely 6BM (Chi

Square= 3.0, p = .085), and 20 (Chi Square= 2.74, p =.(.10), were

most successful in evoking differences in dependency wishes.

The following stories may serve to indicate the asthmatics •

r

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TABLE III

GOMP~ISON BY CHI SQUARE OF NUMBER OF ASTHMATICS AND
CONTROLS ABOVE AND BELOW THE MIDPOINT OF THE

DISTRIBUTION FOR -DEPENDENCY SCORES ON THE
THEMATIC APPERCEPTION TEST

~Midpoint ~Midpoint
of of

Distribution Distribution

Asthmatics 8 17 25

Controls 17 8 25

25 25

Chi Square = 6.48

df = 1

p = ~.015

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AUTOBIOGRAPHY

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I, Alan James Glasser, the son of David and Hilda Glasser, was

born in Cleveland, Ohio on February 8, 1919.

I was graduated from Cleveland Heights High School in 19 35, and

received an A.B. from Stanford University in 1939. From 1939 to

1942 I was employed in the sales department of a wholesale jewelers,

supply firm in Cleveland, Ohio. I have been married since 1941.

Entering the armed forces in 1942, I served as an historian in the

Army Air Forces until 1946. On reentering civilian life I was once

again employed in the jewelers, supply business until 1948, when I

began study for an advanced degree in Clinical Psychology. An A.M.

in Psychology was received from Boston University in 1951. Future

plans include teaching and clinical work in the field of Clinical Psy-

chology.

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