ERIC Number: ED054470
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Apr-21
Reference Count: 0
When Familiarity Breeds Respect: Toward the Depolarization of Police and Student Attitudes toward Each Other.
Diamond, Michael Jay; And Others
An exploratory project, designed to facilitate non-violent interactions between activist students and police, is described. A total of 30 policemen and 161 volunteer college students, of whom 92 served as a no-treatment control group, were involved. The effects of 3 possible types of contact were studied: (1) squad-car riding; (2) informal dinners and "rap" sessions; and (3) encounter groups. Questionnaires which assessed attitudes and self-reported behavior toward police, as well as knowledge of the policeman's role, were administered to student subjects prior to and following the experimental conditions. Significant changes in both student and police attitudes and behaviors are reported to have resulted from their interactions under all 3 conditions. It is concluded that seemingly polarized groups, such as police and students, can increase respect and understanding for one another when provided with a proper sort of interactional environment. (Author/TL)
Publication Type: N/A
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Authoring Institution: California Univ., Berkeley.; Hawaii Univ., Honolulu.; Oregon Univ., Eugene.
Note: Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the Western Psychological Association (51st, San Francisco, Calif., April 21-24, 1971)