Date Approved

5-7-1996

Embargo Period

9-14-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in School Psychology

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Dihoff, Roberta

Subject(s)

Premenstrual syndrome; Women with mental disabilities

Disciplines

Educational Psychology

Abstract

Studies have shown that P.M.S. has a negative effect for women on many aspects of life. P.M.S. seems to affect social situations, family life, stress, mood, substance abuse, and crime. The purpose of this one way analysis study is to evaluate the effects of P.M.S. on women with mental disabilities with non-compliant behaviors. Fifty women, whose intelligence quotient levels range between severe and profound, who reside in an institution for individuals with mental disabilities were selected for this study. Each woman has some type of non-compliant behavior. Each female has been placed on a behavior modification program plan to reduce these behaviors. When these specified behaviors occur, the behaviors are marked on a frequency sheet in compliance with the program plan. Recording of the data in this study was accomplished through the use of frequency sheets used with the behavior modification program plan. The results of this dependent study was tested using a t-test. The results of the statistical testing showed no significant difference between pre-menstrual and post-menstrual behavior.

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