THE EFFECT OF PROBABILITY, DESIRABILITY, AND “PRIVILEGE” ON THE STATED EXPECTATIONS OF CHILDREN*

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    This paper is based upon a dissertation submitted m partial fulfilment of the requirements of the degree of Doctor of Philosophy, in the Department of Psychology of the University of Pennsylvania The writer wishes to express her sincere appreciation to Professor Francis W Irwin for his many helpful suggestions and stimulating criticisms offered throughout the course of the experimental investigation She also appreciates the assistance of Professor Mildred E Gebhard and Professor Malcolm G Preston during this study The writer is indebted to Mr F Herman Fritz, Superintendent, Miss Ruth L Trevorrow, school psychologist, and the students, teachers, and principals of the Washington and Wetherill Schools of Chester, Pa., for their co-operation m the completion of the experimental work An abridgment of this paper was read at the 19S0 meetings of the Eastern Psychological Association at Worcester, Mass

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