ERIC Number: ED331937
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Youth Attitudes on Racism. High School Students' Attitudes on Human Rights, Community Activity, and Steps that Might Be Taken To Ease Racial, Ethnic, and Religious Prejudice.
Harris (Louis) and Associates, Inc., New York, NY.
This report presents the findings of a Harris survey of high school students' attitudes on human rights and racial relations, with special emphasis on minority group athletes. The following findings are included: (1) a majority have seen or heard about violent racial confrontations; (2) 30 percent would intervene to stop or condemn the incident; (3) one-fourth report having been the target of bias; (4) slightly more than half would report an incident to their parents, but only one in four would report the incident to a teacher; (5) most believe that human rights extend far beyond what is guaranteed by law; (6) students exhibited a high awareness of discrimination against a number of minority groups; (7) students are well-informed about human rights; (8) more than half report being involved in some form of community activity; (9) students regard athletes as role models; (10) one in five say they would join a school group to discuss racial differences with visiting athletes and subsequently become involved in a community action program; (11) students are interested in learning more about their own and other racial groups; (12) student athletes have highly unrealistic aspirations; (13) school athletics serve to reduce racial tensions; (14) student athletes are role models for other students; (15) students reject the stereotype of the "dumb jock"; and (16) students have major misconceptions about the status of minority group athletes. Statistical data are presented in one table and five graphs. (FMW)
Descriptors: Athletes, Athletics, Blacks, Civil Liberties, Cultural Awareness, High School Students, High Schools, Hispanic Americans, Minority Groups, National Surveys, Racial Attitudes, Racial Bias, Racial Relations, Role Models, Social Action, Student Attitudes, Whites
Northeastern University, Center for the Study of Sport in Society, 360 Huntington Ave., #244, Boston, MA 02115.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Northeastern Univ., Boston, MA. Boston Center for the Study of Sports in Society.
Authoring Institution: Harris (Louis) and Associates, Inc., New York, NY.
Identifiers: African Americans
Note: Also sponsored by the Reebok Foundation.