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Thesis (M.S.)—University of Nebraska—Lincoln, 1969. Department of Home Economics.
Eighty pre-school children from the University of Nebraska pre-school and the Pentzer Park pre-school were interviewed to determine the influence of clothing upon pre-school children’s first impressions of whether an adult is happy or unhappy.The influence of clothing upon the children’s judgments of the two personality traits, happy and unhappy, were related to age, sex, and socio-economic level. Inked drawings of a woman wearing the contrasting clothing types simple versus detailed, casual versus formal, out-moded versus fashionable, and neat versus unkempt were judged by each of the children.The responses the children made were recorded when each individual was asked why their selection was happier or unhappier.The response categories were: clothing, association, body, and no response.
The choices the pre-school children made indicating which lady was happier or unhappier was not significantly dependent upon the age, sex, or socio-economic level of the children.The responses the children made when they chose a lady as happier or unhappier was significantly dependent upon age, sex, and socio-economic level.
The three year old children, the boys, and the children in the lower socio-economic group made considerably more no responses than did the four year old children, the girls, and the children in the upper socio-economic group.The four year old children, the girls, and the children in the upper socio-economic group made more clothing, more association, and more body response.
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