The problem of underachievement among bright students of nursing at the college of Medical Evangelists School of Nursing revealed a need for a better understanding of these students by instructors and guidance personnel in order that improved selection and guidance of these students might result.

It was the purpose of this study to identify the relationships of certain personality traits to certain levels of achievement among bright students of nursing at the college of Medical Evangelists, in order to obtain information which might guide the faculty in the selection and guidance of these students.

Bright students were defined as those scoring on or above 115 I.Q. on the California Test of Mental Maturity, and achievers and underachievers were defined by placing in the top third or lower third respectively in a ranked distribution of T-score differences. Grade point Averages were totaled on the basis of Major in Nursing subjects and were the criteria for achievement in Nursing.

The findings of the study revealed a significant difference between the means of the Bright Achievers and Bright Underachievers when ranked in a C-score distribution on Trait "Restraint" of the Guilford-Zimmerman Temperament Survey. Bright achievers scored significantly higher than bright underachievers when mean C-scores on this trait were compared.

It was concluded that the bright achiever, seemingly more happy-go-lucky and carefree and less restrained and serious than her achieving counterpart, may not be concerned about her achievement status to the extent that she would be motivated to do what was needed to raise her achievement level.

It was recommended that instructors and guidance personnel study the interests of these students in order to transfer their interests to the educational situation so that these students might be provided with incentives meaningful to them so that they might be motivated to achieve more in harmony with their intellectual potential.

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Graduate Studies

First Advisor

Dorothy M. Martin

Second Advisor

Winifred M. Edwards

Third Advisor

R. Maureen Maxwell

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Master of Science (MS)

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Library of Congress/MESH Subject Headings

Personality Students; Nursing; Underachievement



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x; 104

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Loma Linda University Libraries

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