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ERIC Number: ED188962
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Pages: 46
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Discontinuity; Social Integration and Health Among Education Majors at the University of Malaya.
Takei, Yoshimitsu; And Others
A study to determine the influence of a student's social class, ethnicity, sex, and residence of origin on his/her psycho-social integration is reported. The research broadened the scope of inquiry by using the concepts of continuities/discontinuities. The concepts consider both individual and situational variables in analyzing the social and psychological consequences of social mobility. For example, the extent to which a student entering a university experiences social isolation depends on the extent to which his new life is not continuous with his high school life. The sample consisted of 136 students from the University of Malaya who answered a self-administered questionnaire. Three indicators of social integration were measured: past participation in organized activities, student interaction with other students and interest in art and literature, and participation in discussion of politics with fellow students. Results indicate that regardless of ethnicity, social class, or residence, being female is negatively associated with most of the selected indicators of social integration and health. Also, Chinese students at the university are less participatory and less likely to discuss politics. Finally, the study suggests that while the overall effect of social integration on health is probably positive, those who reported fewer symptoms of ill health also reported lower frequency in engaging in political discussion. (Author/KC)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A