ERIC Number: ED232555
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Campus Destructiveness in the 1980's: A Survey of American College Students. ASHE Annual Meeting Paper.
The kinds of destructive acts that take place on college campuses, the circumstances under which different behaviors occur, and the norms governing current students' attitudes toward destructiveness were studied. Data were collected in 1980 and 1981 through administration of two questionnaires to a national sample of undergraduates. Responses to the first, open-ended questionnaire were received from 523 students from 6 colleges, while 760 students from 4 colleges responded to the second, more structured questionnaire. In general, the results suggest that campus destructiveness is a nationwide phenomenon, affecting colleges and universities of all types and sizes. The overwhelming student attitude was one of disapproval of all types of destructive behavior, including less serious infractions. Students also seemed to favor fairly punitive measures in dealing with known offenders. Possible reasons for the prevalence of campus destructiveness, characteristics of student offenders, and possible approaches to lessening this problem are addressed, and a substantial literature review on destructiveness in general and elementary and secondary school-directed destructiveness is included. The questionnaires are appended. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: ASHE Annual Meeting
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (Washington, DC, March 25-26, 1983).