Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation


Document Type

Doctoral Dissertation

Degree Name

Ed. D.

Cooperating University

Western Kentucky University

Department (Legacy)

Department of Leadership, Foundations, and Human Resource Education

Committee Chair

Keedy, John L.

Author's Keywords

Group difference; Psychosocial development; Undergraduate students; Fraternity; Sorority


College students--Kentucky--Psychology; College students--Social networks--Kentucky


The purpose of this dissertation is to examine group differences in psychosocial development by affiliation, gender, and race of undergraduate students. The design was causal-comparative. The independent variables were gender (female/male), race (Black/White), and affiliation (Greek/non-Greek). The dependent variables were the three subscales obtained from the Student Developmental Task Lifestyle Assessment for Purpose (PUR), Autonomy (AUT), and Mature Interpersonal Relationships (MIR). The Student Developmental Task and Lifestyle Assessment (SDTLA) was used in this study. The research sites included Eastern Kentucky University, Murray State University and Western Kentucky University. Seven hypotheses were tested by a MANOVA design. The major finding was the significance of race and affiliation on Autonomy and Purpose. In particular, the disordinal interaction upon affiliated Black students was significant.