Degree Name

Education Specialist (EdS)

Semester of Degree Completion


Thesis Director

Lynda L. Kayser


This project was conducted to determine if a difference exists in the perception of parental unconditional love between a group of high school students and a similar group of court ordered adolescents.

The subjects were fifty high school age students and fifty court ordered individuals ranging in age from eleven to eighteen.

The subjects were asked to complete a ten-question instrument with a response scale of one to seven. When the data was analyzed, the scale was reduced from seven to three in order to make the data more meaningful.

The results show that there was not a significant difference between the two groups. This is somewhat surprising, but encouraging, because it appears that the court ordered population may be receiving positive support which is essential to building self-esteem.