ERIC Number: ED065775
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-May
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Factors Related to 4-H Membership Status and Selected Characteristics of Ninth Grade Girls in Blount County, Tennessee.
Jeter, Ruby Nell; And Others
The problem of decreasing 4-H enrollment among senior 4-H youth in Blount County, Tennessee, was undertaken in this study. Data were collected from 246 ninth grade girls in five county schools. The girls were divided into two groups--current 4-H members (N=62) and 4-H club dropouts (N=184). The groups were compared on personal characteristics, parental and family characteristics, participation in various youth groups, and tasks they wished to learn to perform. Thirty-seven independent variables were identified and used as a basis for comparing the two groups. The subjects' 4-H membership status was significantly related to place of residence, age, length of membership, parents' reactions, number of school and extracurricular groups joined, number of 4-H events and activities participated in, feelings toward competition, attitudes toward record books, and amount of time spent watching television. From the results, it is recommended that (1) there be more planning so that the county 4-H program can meet the needs of girls from urban and rural-nonfarm areas, (2) special attention should be given to first-year members, (3) parents should be better informed of the benefits their children receive at all age levels, and (5) more noncompetitive events should be devised. (Author/JS)
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Authoring Institution: Tennessee Univ., Knoxville. Agricultural Extension Service.
Identifiers: Tennessee; 4 H Clubs