ERIC Number: ED177245
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Urban Adolescents and the Political System: Dimensions of Disaffection.
This study is concerned with adolescents' response levels on seven measures of political alienation: powerlessness, discontentment, cynicism, detachment, hopelessness, elitism, and democratic deficiency. Using a random sample of 269 Hartford, Connecticut high school students surveyed in May 1976, political alienation levels are found to be relatively high, with 55 percent of the sample expressing political dissaffection. Intercorrelations between the seven political alienation indicators show all measures to be highly associated with one another. Furthermore, two underlying dimensions, one system-oriented and the other individual-oriented, emerge when the seven alienation indicators are factor analyzed. Finally, a multiple regression analysis indicates that demographic-categoric factors have a negligible effect on adolescents' political alienation levels. Three possible political alienation antecedents are discussed in relation to possible means by which the educational system might contend with student political alienation. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Yale Univ., New Haven, CT.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Connecticut (Hartford)
Note: Paper prepared for the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, California, April 8-12, 1979); For a related document see UD 019 799