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ERIC Number: ED096663
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Aug
Pages: 43
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An Approach to the Analysis of Panel Data: The Watergate Hearings and Political Socialization.
Davis, Dennis K.; Lee, Jae-won
It was the purpose of this study to provide a tool for designing and executing future research on panel data in which relationships between pairs of variables are observed over time so that contingent conditions can be controlled. The 360 subjects were selected from the telephone directory and surveyed at random about their responses to the Watergate hearings. The findings were heuristic in that they demonstrated the potential usefulness of this approach in the analysis of panel data and provided the beginnings of a plausible conceptualization of a political socialization process. The most surprising aspect of these findings was that significant changes in variables relationships were often related to a lack of mass media use or to low attention to Watergate. The conceptual framework used in this study did not predict such results, which suggests that in some instances interpersonal communication, distrust of politicians, or Richard Nixon's image had more important effects for those who chose not to pay attention to the mass media. Future studies should consider the conceptualization of contingent variables for use in causal analyses of the type used in this study. (Author/RB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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