Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


College of Human Sciences & Education

Document Type



Little to no research has been conducted to assess the impact of formal sorority recruitment processes on efficacy levels of sorority women. While numerous studies have been conducted concerning the development of individual women and skills gathered throughout their collegiate experience, there has been limited research on how participation in sorority recruitment may impact psychological and physiological states, and increase or decrease self and collective efficacy.

If the original intent of sororities was to provide friendship, support, and encouragement, are current formal recruitment methods, supported by the National Panhellenic Conference, meeting that goal? Addressing this question requires an in-depth understanding of the concept of self-efficacy and collective efficacy and an examination of the sorority recruitment experience on sorority women. Research was conducted through in-depth focus group interviews to help determine if formal sorority recruitment may impact efficacy levels. The theory of women’s moral development, environmental theory, and the development of self-efficacy and collective efficacy have helped to guide this study. Sorority women’s perception of efficacy throughout a recruitment process will be explored through an analysis of their thoughts and feelings on formal recruitment methods.



Committee Chair

Blanchard, Joy