ERIC Number: ED104576
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Community Size and Social Attributes in West Virginia. West Virginia University, Appalachian Center Research Report 5.
Photiadis, John; Maurer, B. B.
A cluster sample of 1,300 male adults from the State of West Virginia stratified in terms of community size, region (north or south, mining or nonmining), and socioeconomic status were surveyed via questionnaire to determine their feelings about selected sociopsychological issues. Classified in terms of size, seven communities were involved in the analysis of respondents' attitudes toward nine "styles of life preferences" relative to family, religion, work, education, friendship, material comfort, recreation, achievement, and outdoor living. Respondents from the two most urban communities placed a higher value on life in line with work, material comfort, and recreation, while the smaller communities valued life in line with religion. The question which distinguished the five smaller communities from the larger ones was one suggesting that "the world is soon coming to an end", an indicator of sectarian tendencies. While a larger proportion of respondents from the smaller communities were church participants, participation patterns did not necessarily constitute belief patterns. Alienation was greater among respondents from the smaller communities, as they expressed a stronger desire to be like the outside world, were more bewildered and confused about modern society, and saw more problems and fewer solutions than respondents from the two more urban communities. (JC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: West Virginia Univ., Morgantown. Appalachian Center.