ERIC Number: ED245980
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Spontaneous Concern about Nuclear War by College Students.
Mayton, Daniel M., II
The results of this study show that college students from small towns in the Rocky Mountain states are very concerned about nuclear war. One hundred eighty-six undergraduates from a small college in the Pacific Northwest were asked to respond to five presentations each of two incomplete sentences: "I worry about...," and "My greatest fear regarding the future is..." One-half of the students mentioned nuclear war at least once. In an earlier study of a similar nature only 18.1 percent of undergraduates mentioned nuclear war as a concern. However, in the earlier study, the students were given only two chances to respond to the same open-ended questions. Since a substantial number of college students did not mention a concern about nuclear war when given only two opportunities to do so, but subsequently did so in the present study when given ten opportunities, it would appear that concern about nuclear war exists, but that it is not one of the students' top worries or concerns about the future. In the present study males expressed more concern about nuclear war than females; persons describing themselves as extremely religious also expressed more concern. (RM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association (Las Vegas, NV, April 25-28, 1984). Appendix may be marginally legible due to light type. For a related paper, see SO 015 740.