The authors thank the many Rutgers undergraduates who have been members of the Self Perception Lab.
Dimensions and Categories Underlying Thinking About College Student Types1
Article first published online: 20 NOV 2007
Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume 37, Issue 12, pages 2922–2950, December 2007
How to Cite
Ashmore, R. D., Griffo, R., Green, R. and Moreno, A. H. (2007), Dimensions and Categories Underlying Thinking About College Student Types. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 37: 2922–2950. doi: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.2007.00288.x
- Issue published online: 20 NOV 2007
- Article first published online: 20 NOV 2007
Previous work on implicit personality theory and the college student culture suggests that thinking about college student types should include academic involvement and social involvement dimensions. Further, positive and negative social, positive academic, and oppositional clusters of types were predicted based on studies of high school crowds. Using 85 college student type labels as stimuli, a free-sorting method coupled with multidimensional scaling and hierarchical clustering analyses provided support for these hypotheses. Also, the results suggest convergence in the cognitive structure underlying perception of college student types across major demographic categories.