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ERIC Number: ED115419
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Aug
Pages: 174
Abstractor: N/A
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Political Socialization: A Comparative Study of Different Ethnic School Children in Newark, New Jersey and El Paso, Texas.
Loyola, Jose Gabriel
The hypothesis, "children of different ethnic groups possess different political attitudes", was tested to determine: (1) whether white ethnic groups had different political attitudes; (2) if so, to what degree; and (3) how they ranked compared to each other. To verify the hypothesis, the concept of political socialization was operationalized and quantified. Using structured questionnaires, respondents in El Paso, Texas and Newark, New Jersey were classified as Mexican Americans, Northeast or Southwest Anglos, blacks, Europeans, or Latin Americans. There were 665 respondents in El Paso and 461 in Newark from grades 3-8. Ten attitudinal categories were used to measure political attitudes--affect, citizenship, governmental action, national attachment, objective and subjective cognition, personal involvement, political and psychological efficacy, and perception of power. By controlling for grade level, data were analyzed to determine if the respondents' attitudes changed as they grew older. Some findings were: Mexican Americans had a more positive political attitude level than the Northeast Anglos and the blacks; Latin Americans ranked first in affect toward political items while the Mexican Americans ranked sixth; and the Mexican American's affect and national attachment level moved in a "negative" direction as he grew older. (NQ)
Inter-Library Loan, University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, Texas 79999
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Identifiers - Location: New Jersey (Newark); Texas (El Paso)