ERIC Number: ED169098
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
The Racial Attitudes and Perceptions Survey (RAPS). Final Report (Mar 73-Mar 74). Technical Paper 338.
Hiett, Robert L.; And Others
The Racial Attitudes and Perceptions Survey (RAPS) was developed to obtain information from black and white military personnel, including reports of the frequencies of specific discriminatory behaviors and the tension levels associated with each race. The instrument was evaluated in terms of its construct validity and its reliability. Attitudes and perceptions were measured in four areas: (1) perceptions of discrimination against blacks; (2) attitude toward racial interaction; (3) feelings of reverse racism; and (4) racial climate. Evidence indicated the instrument was valid, and reliability estimates were satisfactory. Analysis across demographic variables indicated that several variables were related to RAPS results, with race being the most important. Results indicated that blacks perceived more racial discrimination than whites: both blacks and whites favored racial interactions: and more whites than blacks felt the racial climate in the military was favorable. Several recommendations are made regarding the use of the RAPS at the local and command levels. The test itself is appended. (Author/CP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Army Research Inst. for the Behavioral and Social Sciences, Alexandria, VA.