ERIC Number: ED218061
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Feb
Reference Count: 0
A Longitudinal Analysis of the Attitudinal Response of Rural People to Natural Resource Development: A Case Study of the Impact of Water Resource Development. Research Bulletin 1083.
Napier, Ted L.; Wright, Cathy J.
Rural farm residents from central Ohio were administered a follow-up survey to ascertain the social impact (post shock) of a 1970-1974 lake development project which necessitated the acquisition of 8,800 acres of privately owned land and the physical relocation of approximately 90 families. A random sampled consisted of 89 restructured community residents (19 relocated and 70 nonrelocated). Questionnaires and interviews were used to determine the existence of differences between initial shock and post shock groups with regard to five variables (community identification, community alienation, community satisfaction, value orientation, and familism). Three comparisons were made to determine attitudinal changes which were hypothesized to occur over time for the total group and for relocated and nonrelocated subgroups. A fourth comparison determined if significant differences could be noted between the post shock relocated and post shock nonrelocated. Findings basically revealed that the restructured community group felt stronger commitments to the group and showed more traditionalism, suggesting the post shock group felt change was occurring too rapidly. In conclusion, implementation procedures, equal treatment of all concerned, and time scheduling were major factors in community attitudes toward the watershed project. (AH)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Age, Attitude Change, Attitude Measures, Community Attitudes, Community Satisfaction, Community Surveys, Comparative Analysis, Human Relations, Land Acquisition, Land Use, Longitudinal Studies, Natural Resources, Recreational Facilities, Relocation, Rural Development, Rural Farm Residents, Sex, Social Change, Values, Water
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, Wooster.
Identifiers: Eminent Domain; Impact; Impact Studies; Ohio; Resource Development Projects; Social Cost; Traditionalism; Watersheds