Date of Award

Fall 1978

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Dental Hygiene


Dental Hygiene

Committee Director

Michele L. Darby

Committee Member

Marcia B. Doloresco

Committee Member

Kathleen E. Russel

Committee Member

Roger Johnson

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.D46H64


This study investigated life goals of dental hygiene students and 1978., 1976, 1975, and 1974 graduates in three different educational settings.

The California Life Goals Evaluation Schedule was used to measure life goals of dental hygienists attending, or who had attended, Cuyahoga Community College· in Ohio, Idaho State University, and Old Dominion University in Virginia.

An ex post facto 5x3 research design was used. Year of graduation and educational setting were the nonmanipulated independent variables; ten scores on the California Life Goals Evaluation Schedule were the dependent variables; and age was used as a covariant.

Two-way multivariant analysis yielded no statistically significant life goal differences between the five groups of dental hygienists in the three educational settings, at the 0.05 level, except on the life goal variable of fame. The Newman-Keuls' multiple-range test was used to analyze the relationship between fame and dental hygiene group. Results indicated a statistically significant difference at the 0.05 level between the following groups: students and 1974 graduates, students and 1975 graduates, students and 1978 graduates, 1978 and 1976 graduates, and 1978 and 1975 graduates. In addition, no statistically significant interaction was observed between dental hygiene group, or year of graduation, and educational setting at the 0.05 level.


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