ERIC Number: ED188802
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Appalachian Values: A Longitudinal Analysis.
Colliver, McGuire C.; Warner, Paul D.
A random sample mail survey of residents in seven rural southeastern Kentucky counties in 1979 was a retesting of earlier studies of the attitudinal characteristics associated with Appalachian inhabitants. Results showed the value and attitude traits of individualism, self-reliance, fatalism, religious fundamentalism and traditionalism to be very much a part of their beliefs and values. Specifically, results indicated that: in the presence of massive government aid to the region individualism and self-reliance actually increased over the past 20 years; there was a gradual trend toward a more non-fatalistic but also less optimistic view of life; there was little change in religious fundamentalism and 80% of the 1979 respondents agreed with the statement suggesting that the Bible is a sufficient guide to modern life; among the items used to measure traditionalism, education continued to be the most important factor in determining work successes. An examination of three other citizen mail surveys suggested that Appalachian value traits do not differ appreciably from the traits of the inhabitants of the non-Appalachian portions of Kentucky and North Carolina. It was concluded that these five traits, while still very important among Appalachian residents, are not unique to the region. (Author/AN)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Appalachia; Fatalism; Kentucky; Nonmetropolitan Areas; North Carolina; Traditionalism
Note: Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Rural Sociological Society (Burlington, VT, August 26, 1979).