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ERIC Number: ED232654
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Pages: 58
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Adult Public Library Use and Reading as Influenced by Childhood Socialization Factors.
Powell, Ronald R.; And Others
This study was undertaken to investigate the relative importance of childhood experiences in determining adult reading and public library use. Data were gathered via a nationally representative telephone interview conducted by the Survey Research Center of the University of Michigan. The interview contained 25 questions relating to current reading habits, library use during the previous year, and childhood experiences related to reading and library use for the respondent and the respondent's parents. In addition, demographic data were obtained from the respondents. Based on usable responses obtained from 342 persons (95% of the persons interviewed), it was determined that heavy library users and readers were not unlike those characterized by earlier studies. A substantial number of childhood variables did prove to have statistical relationships with reading and library use. The results clearly indicated the importance of social learning and parents as primary agents in the development of reading and library habits. Childhood factors were in general more powerful predictors of both reading and library use than demographic factors. A list of 22 related references and 11 tables of survey results are included in the report. (Author/ESR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Chi Square Test; Childhood Experiences; Library Users; Multiple Classification Analysis