ERIC Number: ED059701
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
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Predicting Student Political Views: Reactionary to Radical.
O'Connell, Timothy J.; Sedlacek, William E.
The purpose of this study was to explore the correlates of student political views using multiple regression and discriminant analysis. A questionnaire was administered to 5,671 undergraduates at the University of Maryland during the fall of 1970. Variables covered by the questionnaire included attitudes toward campus disruptions, the Vietnam War, and participation in demonstrations. Results indicate that the best predictor of political ideology, ranging from reactionary to radical, is participation in a campus demonstration. Other useful predictors include attitudes toward supporting the President under all circumstances, and whether outside agitation causes distrubances. It is concluded that it is more reasonable to consider political ideology as a continuum rather than to try to predict specific categories for individuals. (Author/HS)
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Authoring Institution: Maryland Univ., College Park. Counseling Center.