ERIC Number: ED081525
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971-Aug
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Anomia and Differential Success in the Rural South.
Alleger, Daniel E.
In 1960 approximately 2,700 rural individuals, mainly husbands and wives who lived in 34 low-income counties in 8 southern states, were scaled for anomia (abject despair). In 1966, 907 families were reinterviewed by place of residence. The hypothesis assumed in this analysis was that anomia and success are inversely related. Both anomia and success were measured by scaling devices. It was found that over one-fourth of the male heads of households scored in 1966 were highly anomic; that for all families the independent variables significantly associated with anomia were level of education, complete nuclear family, number of persons perhousehold, unpaved home access road, non-ownership of home, lengthy residence in the same home, male head held 2 or more jobs between 1960 and 1966, no formal leadership role activities, and annual family income of $4,000 or less; that although many husbands and wives exhibited high anomic tendencies, these characteristics did not appear to have been paired relationships; that success attributes were generally the direct opposite of those related to anomia; and that anomia and success have an inverse correlative relationship. (PS)
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Sponsor: Cooperative State Research Service (USDA), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Florida Univ., Gainesville. Agricultural Experiment Station.