ERIC Number: ED147732
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Apr
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Alienation in College Students: A Rational and Semantic Analysis.
Moore, Robert M.
This research project examined the relationship between the psycho-social malaise, alienation or anomia, and each of four psycholinguistic or semantic habit patterns: irrational ideation, identity orientation, uncritical inference behavior and allness orientation. In so doing, it sought, generally, to explicate alienation in terms of semantic habit strength and, specifically, to test Cardaci's (1971) hypothesis that alienated yough habitually indulge in the psycholinguistic misrepresentation of empirical reality. The Srole Anomia Scale served as the dependent variable measure, distributing the study's sample of 424 college students across a nine-point range, from low to high alienation. For each of the nine increasingly alienated subject groups, four independent variable measures generated their respective indexes of semantic habit strength. Chi square analyses and one way ANOVAs were utilized. Results revealed significant relationships between alienation and three of the study's four semantic habit patterns. Alienation, in this instance, correlated positively with irrational ideation, with identity orientation, and (modestly) with uncritical inference behavior. No significant relationship appeared between alienation and allness orientation. Factor analysis both substantially supported Cardaci's hypothesis that alienated youth exhibit a "semantic aberration," and revealed alienation's relationship to Johnson's (1946) "IFD Disease." (Author)
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, Walden University