ERIC Number: ED111577
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
When is the Grass Greener? Divergent Perceptions of Community in Three Small Colorado Towns.
Deseran, Forrest A.
Adolescent and adult evaluative reactions to their community situation were examined in 3 small Colorado towns. Empirical focus was upon delineating specific community aspects which evoke differential perceptions between subgroups within and across community settings. Del Norte, Aspen, and Craig, Colorado were selected as the research sites because each: (1) was relatively small (under 5,000 population) and isolated from larger urban areas, (2) was not economically dependent upon a single source of revenue, (3) was the governmental seat of their respective counties, and (4) had experienced divergent rates of growth in the past decade. Data were obtained in 1971 from surveys of 265 adults and 179 high school students. The junior class from each of the community high schools comprised the adolescent sub-sample, while random sampling procedures provided the adult sub-sample. Some findings were: (1) data indicated strong support for the suggestion that adolescents and adults diverge in their evaluative responses to their community situation; (2) adolescents reacted, overall, substantially less positively toward their present communities than their adult neighbors; (3) students in Del Norte and Craig responded markedly lower in evaluations than did Aspen students. (NQ)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Cooperative State Research Service (USDA), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Louisiana State Univ., Baton Rouge. Agricultural Experiment Station.
Identifiers - Location: Colorado