ERIC Number: ED109047
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973
Reference Count: N/A
Some Pollution-Related Attitudes of High School Youth in the United States and Brazil.
Bluhm, Louis Herbert
This study deals with attitudes toward pollution issues, and the potential for changes in such attitudes. Data were obtained from high school seniors in a small Illinois town which was attempting to solve a severe water pollution problem. Students' pollution attitudes were measured in a bench-mark survey. They were exposed to a speech against Federal intervention in local pollution issues and resurveyed. As expected, attitudes shifted toward opposition to Federal intervention. However, analysis of variance indicated that students who ranked themselves as independent and able to predict events in their lives (who were least alienated) were least influenced by the speech. It was concluded that there seem to be levels of attitudes, from basic world views to issue-specific attitudes, such as those on pollution. Changes in issue-specific attitudes seem to be related to an infrastructure of more general, diffuse attitudes. Though the entire study was not replicated in Brazil, the results generally support the conclusions based on U.S. data. (Author)
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Doctoral Dissertations, Federal Government, Local Government, Pollution, Social Change, Student Attitudes, Surveys, Values, Water Pollution, Youth
National Technical Information Service, Springfield, Virginia 22151 (PB-240 156, MF $2.25, HC $7.50)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of the Interior, Washington, DC. Water Resources Scientific Information Center.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Brazil; United States