Type A Behavior, Pessimism and Optimism Among College Undergraduates

Fred B. Bryant & Paul R. Yarnold

Optimal Data Analysis, LLC

This study used scores on measures of dispositional optimism and pessimism to discriminate 117 extreme Type A versus 131 extreme Type B college undergraduates. Consistent with a priori hypotheses the analysis revealed that Type As were significantly less pessimistic, and significantly more optimistic, than Type Bs.

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