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ERIC Number: ED115416
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975
Pages: 24
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Maturational Changes in Selected Attitudes Toward Traditional Morality: A 24-Year Follow-Up Study.
Willits, Fern K.; And Others
Changes in the attitudes of 1,950 initially rural Pennsylvania individuals toward selected aspects of traditional morality were examined by comparing the expressed opinions of persons surveyed in 1947, when adolescent, with their responses in 1971, when in their early forties. In both 1947 and 1971 the subjects were asked to respond to an identical series of 12 Likert-type attitude items designed to measure acceptance of selected aspects of traditional morality. While each of the items focused on some aspect of traditional behavior, 5 items referred to young people or youth activities (loafing uptown, staying out late, failure in school, spending money, and using makeup). The remaining 7 items referred to adult or ageless behavior (irregular church attendance, divorce, drinking, smoking, card playing, Sunday movies, and Sabbath labor). Findings indicated that: (1) in general, responses were more permissive with maturation, though there was less liberalization of attitudes toward the behavior of youth; (2) not all subjects became liberal with age; therefore, experience, rather than age per se, was the more probable explanation for attitude change; (3) of 9 social characteristics expected to influence change, the 1 most consistently associated with lack of attitude change was frequency of church attendance, though there was some positive relationship to place of residence, educational and income levels, and sex. (JC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania