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A Study of Identity Achievement and Motivational Disposition in a Group of Indian Undergraduate Students
Rachana Chattopadhyay
Psychology Research Unit, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata, India

The aim of the present study is to determine the relationship between identity' achievement and motivational disposition in a group of undergraduate students from pass and honours courses. This study was conducted on 100 undergraduate students from Kolkata and they were randomly selected. Those students were both male and female and their age ranged from 18 to 20 years. In this study, for measuring identity achievement, we have used identity achievement; we have used Identity Achievement Scale (I.A.S) developed by Dale. D. Simmons (1973). Under motivational disposition we have studied two dimensions-achievement value and task motivation. To measure the achievement value we have used a forced choice Sentence Completion Test (S.C.T) developed by Mukhrejee, B. N. (1965) and for measuring task motivation we have administered Miner Sentence Completion Scale - Form T (Miner, J. B., 1986). Results indicate that both achievement value and task motivation vary according to the identity achievement of an individual and they are independent of sex variations. This finding also indicates that both achievement value and task motivation have very high positive correlation with identity achievement.


A Study of Inter-Generation Gap as a Function of 
Socio-Political Attitudes and Personality Variables
Shawkat Ara and Enamul Haque
Department of Psychology, University of Rahshahi, Bangladesh.

The present study was an empirical investigation into the phenomenon of inter-generation gap as related to socio-political attitudes and authoritarian personality variables in the socio-economic and cultural context of Bangladesh. A total of 240 Ss equally divided into older and younger generation was utilized as the sample of the study. It was predicted that the older generation would differ significantly from younger generation on socio-political attitudes and personality factors causing inter-generation differences. The findings were in the expected direction and the result revealed that the older generation exhibited more conservative and authoritarian attitudes as compared to younger generation. On the contrary, younger generation expressed more progressive and democratic attitudes compared to older generation.


An Investigation into Value Pattern As a Function of 
Gender and Socio-Economic Status
Shawkat Ara and Rumi Saila Sharmin
Department of Psychology, University of Rajshahi, Bangladesh

The present study was conducted to explore the value pattern of male and female Ss of upper-middle and lower middle class background. A total of 120 male and female students of Rajshahi University constituted the sample of the study. It was predicted that male and female subjects would differ significantly from each other showing differential preference for value pattern. It was also predicted that both male and female Ss would have differential value preferences according to their socio-economic status. Value pattern was assessed through using Rokeach's Terminal and Instrumental values. Findings were in the expected direction.


Socio-Cultural Factors in National Character: An Example from Bangladesh
Khandakar Shajedul Islam and Md. Mozammel Huq
Department of Psychology, University of Rajshahi, Bangladesh

This study was an attempt to conduct an empirical investigation to understand the effect of socio cultural factors on national character with reference to Bangladesh. The study used student sample from graduate and post graduate classes in Rajshahi University. The sample consisted of 80 male and 80 female students. They were randomly selected from different residential halls in University campus. A national Attitude Scale was used for data collection. Data were analyzed using mean, t-test and correlations. The results showed that socio-cultural factors were highly correlated with different dimensions of national character in the social context of Bangladesh.


A Study of Stress as Related to Personality Adjustment of Teachers of Rajshahi University
Murshida Ferdous Binte Habib and Shawkat Ara
Department of Psychology University of Rajshahi, Bangladesh.

This study was an attempt to investigate the differences between high stress and low stress individuals as related to personality, socio-economic status and age difference. The sample consisted of 240 university teachers equally divided into high stress and low stress individuals. The subjects were sub-divided into older and younger teachers according to age and again into upper and lower middle classes according to their socio-economic status. It was predicted that individuals experiencing low stress would have more personality adjustment as compared to those experiencing high stress. It was also predicted that individuals from upper middle socio-economic status would be better adjusted as compared to individuals from lower middle class socio-economic background.

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