ERIC Number: ED057940
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Researching Lower Socio-Economic Rural Youth.
Phase 1 of this research project included summarizing available information concerning lower socioeconomic status (SES) rural youth. Phase 2 involved defining a research population, selecting a sample from that population, collecting and analyzing data, and comparing data to the summarized material available on lower SES youth. The population for the study was defined as Wisconsin youth in grades 5 through 8 living in rural counties where at least 2/3 of the population were rural residents with a median family income below $4000 per year. Of the 22 counties in Wisconsin meeting these criteria, Adams County was arbitrarily selected. The 176 lower SES respondents and 174 higher SES respondents in phase 2 of the study were equally divided as to sex. Instruments were designed to measure 3 characteristics indicative of SES: occupation of head of house, education of head of house, and family possessions. Style of adult leadership desired was also measured as were personal characteristics desired in a leader, organizational participation, and parental attitudes toward club membership. It was found that youth from lower SES families are different from youth from higher SES families in terms of such factors as personal and parental interests in club membership, desire for different leadership styles, and characteristics desired in a leader. Thus if youth leadership training programs are to be effective, they will need to emphasize socioeconomic group differences rather than simply youth leadership in general. (LS)
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Sponsor: Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Univ. Extension.