ERIC Number: ED176929
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Aug-22
Reference Count: 0
The Measurement of Political and Income Aspirations and Expectations.
Olson, Mary; And Others
A need existed for instruments to measure status isomorphs for either income or political influence in the process of status attainment. To provide a base on which to build further work, instruments were developed in this project by which to measure youth's aspirations for and their significant others' expectations for the youth's future levels of income and political influence. During the spring of 1976, 292 Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, junior class members answered questionnaires to test the reliability and validity of 4 test instruments. The four item Political Aspiration Scale measured youth's aspirations for future political influence at local, state, and federal levels of government covering two dimensions of aspirations which were idealistic/realistic and short term/long term. A four item Income Aspiration Scale Measured students' aspirations for future personal income, again covering the same dimensions. Findings indicated that both these scales had face validity and less adequate construct validity. Alpha coefficients were very high but stability of the measures was low, calling into question the usage of these scales on high school age youth. The Significant Other Elicitors (Political Form and Income Form) were tested on a maximum of three individuals named by each of 56 randomly selected youth. The results of all measures seemed promising, but the research should be extended using the specific guideline outlined. (NEC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Coll. of Agricultural and Life Sciences.
Identifiers: Wisconsin (Chippewa Falls)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Rural Sociological Society (1979)