ERIC Number: ED195458
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Aug-31
Changes in the Values and Life-Style Preferences of University Students.
Thompson, Kenrick S.
Results are reported of a survey to determine whether values and life-style preferences of university students have significantly changed during the last 25-30 years. The current study, which consists of a sample of over 1,000 students, is compared with a study conducted by Charles Morris in 1945-53. The Morris sample consisted of over 2,500 university students. The measurement instrument in both samples was Morris'"13 Ways to Live" survey. Results indicate that most of the present generation of students show a significantly greater preference for sensuous enjoyment and carefree, relaxed life styles. The 1945-53 sample placed a significantly greater emphasis on moderation, striving, achieving, and self-control. One factor that may account for changing values could be that in the immediate postwar period a pervasive belief existed that our military victory was a consequence of human efforts supported by the powerful and innovative industrial production of America's scientific and technological establishments. This belief is no longer held by the majority of today's students to be either viable or necessarily desirable. (Author/KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: A version of this paper was presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association (New York, NY, August 31, 1980).