ERIC Number: ED071959
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Aug-1
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Development of Concepts of Political Conflict and Power by 5th and 8th Graders. Final Report.
Sears, David O.
This research investigated pre-adolescent children's concepts of political conflict and power, and the processes by which these are acquired. It focused particularly upon the acquisition of such attitudes by Black and Mexican-American children, minority groups currently involved in deep social and political conflicts. The data were obtained with a written questionnaire administered to 946 fifth and eighth graders in Fresno, California. The main categories of predictor variables included were: demographic, personality, attitudes about interpersonal relationships, cognitive biases, political involvement, and political sophistication. The main dependent variables were attitudes toward political conflict, civil liberties, interest groups, political partisanship, racial and ethnic groups, and attachment to the nation and political authority. From partial results of this report, it appears that a majority of the children have acquired coherent attitudes concerning political conflict and power by the onset of adolescence. (FDI)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Los Angeles. Dept. of Psychology.