ERIC Number: ED247184
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
College Students' Attitudes towards Social, Physical and Political Deviancy.
Fox, Louise W.
This study identifies the attitudes of college students toward a variety of persons, each of whom deviated from the normal in one specific way--either in terms of social status, physical condition, or political point of view. A questionnaire was devised, employing the Bogardus Social Distance Scale. Respondents included 184 undergraduates and 51 graduate students who were enrolled in public and private colleges in the American northeast. Respondents remained anonymous, indicating sex, year in college, age, and how they felt about 24 immigrants applying for permission to enter the United States. Findings included the following: (1) the typical respondent rejected significantly more deviants than they accepted; (2) there was a greater acceptance of the social-physical deviants (e.g., the blind, the illiterate, and the retarded) than the political deviants (e.g., supporters of communism, Black Separatism, Nazism, and the Ku Klux Klan), with social-physical deviants receiving 25 percent complete acceptance, 45 percent limited acceptance, and 30 percent rejection as compared to political deviants who received 6 percent complete acceptance, 28 percent limited acceptance, and 67 percent rejection; and (3) there was no difference between men and women in the degree to which they accepted or rejected any of the deviants. (LH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: Bogardus Social Distance Scale
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association (Baltimore, MD, April 12-15, 1984).