ERIC Number: ED081510
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
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Children and War: Political Socialization to International Conflict.
Tolley, Howard, Jr.
A questionnaire which explored children's beliefs about war and the Vietnam conflict was administered in 1971 to 2,677 children in grades three through eight. The study of these responses examines four aspects of socialization to international strife: (1) how and when children acquire attitudes toward war, (2) what attitudes children have about Vietnam, and when these were acquired, (3) how much factual knowledge children have about the Vietnam war, and (4) what the primary sources are of children's information about the war. The purpose of the study was to determine whether the anti-war protests of the 1960's had undermined children's confidence in the government. Results showed that this was the case, especially in the young people's trust in the President. The responses to the questionnaire were tabulated and analyzed for the relative influences of the family, school, community, church, and media, as well as characteristics of the pupils themselves--age, sex, and race. Proposals for research for the immediate future are also given. (DP)
Descriptors: Age Differences, Childhood Attitudes, Elementary School Students, Family Influence, Junior High School Students, Mass Media, Political Socialization, Questionnaires, Racial Differences, Religious Differences, Sex Differences, Social Influences, War
Teachers College Press, Teachers College, Columbia University, 1234 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10027 ($9.50; paper, $4.95)
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