ERIC Number: ED257699
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Aug
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Attitudes about Arms Control and Effects of "The Day After."
Nelson, Linden L.; Slem, Charles M.
An 18-item questionnaire was designed to investigate relationships between attitude towards arms control and beliefs about nuclear weapon effects, probability of war, Soviet goals, and the importance of nuclear arms superiority. Effects of the television movie, "The Day After," were also assessed by administering the questionnaire eight days before the movie was shown and ten days afterward. The subjects, 370 lower-division university students, were not informed of the study's purposes and were asked if they had seen the film after the second administration of the questionnaire. Results from the first questionnaire indicated that scores on arms control attitudes correlated with concern about nuclear arms superiority. Scores on opinions about Soviet arms control intentions, probability of nuclear war, and effects of nuclear war also correlated significantly with arms control attitudes. Only students who had seen the movie became significantly more anxious about nuclear war and more convinced about its harmful effects. However, the movie had no significant effect on attitude toward arms control because it neither addressed nor affected a number of other important components in the network of beliefs that influence attitude toward arms control. (Author/IS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
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