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ERIC Number: ED168737
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-Apr
The People in Tennessee's Title V Counties: A Summary Report on Characteristics and Attitudes.
Smith, George F.; Klindt, Thomas H.
Attitudes toward selected rural development activities and basic socioeconomic characteristics of residents of five rural Tennessee counties were examined in 1974 in a study that included interviews with household heads as well as community leaders. Claiborne, Clay, Hancock, Overton, and Pickett counties constituted the pilot area; two surveys were conducted. The first involved personal interviews with some 100 randomly-selected household heads in each county to establish descriptive data (age, sex, education, etc.,) for each member of the household, previous migration of the household, psychic attachment to the area of residence, attitudes toward industrialization and community needs, job-related information, and distribution of household expenditures. In the second part of the study group meetings with community leaders determined their perceptions of local needs priorities; these responses were compared with attitudes expressed by the household heads. Results indicated that the median educational level of adults was less than the state median. Over 60 percent of the interviewees were born in the county of local residence. Attitudes toward increased local industrialization were favorable. Fire protection and improved roads were regarded as high priority community needs; needs related to individual benefits received low priority. Community leaders were shown to reflect local opinions relatively well. (DS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Tennessee Univ., Knoxville. Agricultural Experiment Station.
Identifiers - Location: Tennessee
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Rural Development Act 1972