ERIC Number: ED063181
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
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Politicization, Political Efficacy, and Belligerence: A Comparison of American High School and College Students.
Evans, James W.
The theoretical model upon which this study is based indicates that a person's degree of politication and political efficacy depend upon: a) each other; b) where that person falls on socioeconomic and education scales; c) sex; and, d) race. A person's degree of belligerance (extent of reliance on force, threats, power, etc.) depends similarly on these factors. Methodology used for investigating these relationships among youth involved a survey, using questionnaires and response scales, of a random sample of high school and college students. Descriptive and inferential statistical procedures were used. Some of the conclusions: 1) socioeconomic status (SES) was strongly related to politicization; 2) education was unrelated to politicization within subsamples, but politicization increased from high school to college subjects; 3) sex was not related to politicization at any level of SES or education; 4) race was associated with politicization except at lower SES levels; 5) a negative relationship was found between SES, education and political efficacy; 6) race was related to political efficacy, except that high SES whites scored low on political efficacy, whereas blacks, browns, and low SES whites scored high; 7) SES was negatively associated with belligerance; and, 8) blacks were non-belligerant at all SES levels. (Author/JLB)
Descriptors: Behavioral Science Research, Citizen Participation, Civil Liberties, College Students, Democratic Values, Educational Background, Foreign Policy, High School Students, Policy Formation, Political Attitudes, Political Science, Political Socialization, Politics, Public Opinion, Public Policy, Race, Social Attitudes, Socioeconomic Influences, Student Attitudes
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Authoring Institution: Claremont Graduate School, CA.