A study of the effects of a pre-retirement workshop on the measured level of self-actualization of university civil service employees Public Deposited

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  • This study was designed to determine whether University of Oregon civil service classified staff pre-retirees participating in a pre-retirement workshop would demonstrate a significant increase in self-actualization when compared with a similar group of University of Oregon civil service classified staff pre-retirees who did not participate in the above mentioned program. The population consisted of approximately 126 University of Oregon civil service classified staff born prior to January 1, 1914. The age of the subjects ranged from 60 to 65 years old. The sample consisted of twenty-two (22) subjects. The experimental group (Group I) was comprised of 11 subjects who had volunteered to participate in a pre-retirement workshop. The control group (Group II) was comprised of 11 subjects who did not participate in the pre-retirement workshop. The subjects were matched on age, sex, non-professional work status and geographical setting. The I (Inner-Directed) Scale of the Personal Orientation Inventory was utilized to measure self-actualization. The instrument was pre- and post-test administered under similar conditions to both groups. The investigation was designed to test the following null hypotheses. HO₁ There will be no significant differences in mean pre-test scores between the experimental group and the control group as measured by the POI. (Accepted) H0₂ There will be no significant differences in mean post-test scores between the experimental group and the control group as measured by the POI. (Accepted) H0₃ There will be no significant increase in self-actualization in the experimental group as measured by the POI. (Rejected) H0₄ There will be no significant increase in self-actualization in the control group as measured by the POI. (Accepted) HO₅ There will be no significant difference in mean gain scores between couples in the experimental group and singles in the experimental group as measured by the POI. (Rejected) HO₆ There will be no significant difference in mean gain scores between couples in the control group and singles in the control group as measured by the POI. (Accepted) HO₇ There will be no significant difference in mean gain scores between couples in the experimental group and couples in the control group as measured by the POI. (Rejected) Hypotheses one and two were tested by an analysis of covariance in a one-way classification design with pre-test scores serving as the covariant. Hypotheses one and two were also tested by the Mann-Whitney U-Test. Hypotheses three and four were tested by a t test and by the Wilcoxon Matched-Pairs Signed-Ranks Test. Hypotheses five, six and seven were tested by an analysis of variance in a one-way classification design and the Scheffe' Test was used on each case as a non-parametric assessment. All hypotheses were stated in the null form for statistical testing purposes. The .05 level of confidence was selected as the acceptable level of statistical significance. The findings of this investigation support the position that this pre-retirement workshop did have a significant impact on the personal development and growth toward self-actualization of the participants as measured by the Personal Orientation Inventory. The importance of a confidant (an intimate relationship) in moving towards self-actualization was suggested as a major variable to consider in pre-retirement education.
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