ERIC Number: ED192999
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Information Consumption by Low Income Families to Reduce the Impact of Rural Poverty in Florida. Volume II, Description of the Sample: Characteristics of the Rural Poor.
Dhillon, Jogindar S.
Compiled as part of a 4-volume comprehensive report of a Florida project designed to understand the rural poor and their information-seeking and information-utilization behavior patterns, Volume II served as a background document, describing the sample and providing basic information about the respondents. The sample population consisted of 840 low income respondents, approximately 66% black and 33% white, with almost 66% being females and slightly over 33% being males. Overall, this low income sample exhibited strongly positive attitudes towards other people, education, and religion, and felt that marriage and family were important influences in their lives. The median number of school grades completed for the sample was 6.04 years. The respondents were considered to be more politically than socially participative, with blacks being more involved than whites. A high level of motivation to work and desire to do a good job was indicated. Authoritarianism and alienation were characteristic of the sample. A sense of community solidarity was generally lacking. Blacks were seen as holding significantly higher present and future levels of aspiration, while whites had significantly higher past aspirations. (JD)
Descriptors: Aspiration, Attitudes, Behavior Patterns, Educational Background, Family Characteristics, Information Utilization, Low Income Groups, Motivation, Psychological Patterns, Racial Differences, Rural Population, Social Characteristics, Social Influences, Social Values, Socioeconomic Background
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Cooperative State Research Service (USDA), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Florida A and M Univ., Tallahassee. Center for Community Development and Research.
Note: For related documents, see RC 012 302 and RC 012 304.