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ERIC Number: ED257697
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Aug
Pages: 22
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
"The Day After": A Quasi-Experimental Study of Its Impact.
Mayton, Daniel M., II
This study was designed to determine the effects of watching the television film, "The Day After," on the attitude toward nuclear warfare and arms reduction of 105 undergraduate students. Students participating chose whether or not to watch the film. All participants completed questionnaires before and after the showing of the film. Eight variables were identified as accounting for 59 percent of the variance in responses. These were attitudes toward (1) a preemptive first strike, (2) civil defense plans, (3) escalation policies, (4) retaliation policies, (5) the probability of nuclear war, (6) the impact of individuals on policy, (7) the destructiveness of nuclear warfare, and (8) the survivability of nuclear warfare. Despite preshowing consensus among nuclear freeze and prodeterrence groups that the film would lead to increased support for a slowdown in the arms race and a nuclear freeze, the attitudes of students in this survey showed little change. Only in their support for a preemptive first strike did student attitudes change in the expected direction. Their attitudes toward the other seven variables remained the same. The questionnaire used in the study is appended. (IS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A