ERIC Number: ED031351
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
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Parental Influence, Youth Contra-Culture, and Rural Adolescent Attitudes Toward Minority Groups.
Summers, Gene F.; And Others
Parental heads of households and high school students in 2 rural Illinois counties were studied to determine their respective attitudes toward several minority groups using the Bogardus Social Distance Scale as the primary attitudinal measure. A parental sample of 1096 households and a sample of 738 students were independently drawn. The two samples provided 66 instances of overlap response from heads of households and high school students from the same family. It was hypothesized that a youth subculture or "contra-culture" serves as a more important socializing agent in forming attitudes of students toward minority groups than does parental attitude and influence. Chi-square and correlational techniques were utilized in analyzing the obtained data. Results indicated that there was little evidence of "contra-culture" influence and that student attitudes toward minority groups were in general the same as those held by the adults. It was concluded that strong family influence on children's attitudes toward minority groups still existed in these 2 rural areas. Related information is contained in ED 024 514. (EV)
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Sponsor: Illinois Univ., Urbana. Agricultural Experiment Station.; National Inst. of Mental Health (DHEW), Bethesda, MD.
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Note: Revision of a paper presented to the Midwest Sociological Society, (Omaha, Nebraska, April 19, 1968).