ERIC Number: ED389361
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
A Comparative Study of Selected Social Problems: A Snapshot View of Which Social Problems Are Perceived To Be Most Significant in the N.W. Section of Harris County, TX. A Class Project.
High, Clennis F.; And Others
A project was undertaken by a sociology class at Houston Community College, in Texas, to identify which social problems were perceived to be most important by residents of Northwest Harris County. Questionnaires were distributed to a random sample of county residents, requesting demographic information and asking respondents to rate six social problems (i.e., violence, crime, public education, drug problems, public health, and family problems) on a 5-point scale, with 5 indicating the highest level of importance. Space was also provided for respondents to write in other social problems not listed. Study findings, based on responses from 150 residents, included the following: (1) all six issues were considered important by respondents, receiving scores above the 3 midpoint; (2) violence was ranked as the most important issue at 4.56, followed by crime at 4.47, drugs at 4.16, family at 3.94, education at 3.9, and health at 3.78; (3) women rated crime, violence, and public health as more serious problems than men, while men tended to give higher ratings to public education; and (4) racial problems was the most commonly cited other issue, cited by 24 respondents. Appendixes include the survey instrument, a demographic profile of the study sample, a county map, and 10 student papers discussing the study findings. (TGI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Houston Community Coll. System, TX.
Identifiers: Texas (Harris County)