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ERIC Number: ED299179
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Apr-15
Pages: 24
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American Youth: Their Socio-Civic Beliefs, Values, and Behavior.
Branson, Margaret Stimmann
Knowledge of the meanings of political affect, political cognition, and political participation is important in understanding U.S. youths' socio-civic beliefs, values, and behaviors. Political affect refers to loyalty and affection for a political system. Research studies indicate that, even if youth have hostile feelings about how the U.S. government is currently administered, they still hold positive affections for the system as a whole. Political cognition encompasses knowledge of facts, current socio-political issues, and basic democratic principles. Few young people rank in the upper quartile on any political cognition knowledge measure. However, they score as well as similarly educated adults, appear to be increasingly interested in national issues, and have difficulty articulating the meanings of democratic principles. Political participation refers to government involvement and citizen participation with groups, movements, and causes. Students are most likely to participate in school-related activities, the work force, and in volunteer groups. Youths' political views tend to be both conservative and liberal, but census figures indicate that less than 40 percent of 18-20 year olds vote. This may be due to indifference rather than alienation. Tables are included, and 35 footnotes are appended. (JHP)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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