ERIC Number: ED316775
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Apr
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A Survey of Students' Levels of Concern and Knowledge about Nuclear War.
Lyon, Mark A.; Russo, Thomas J.
There has been considerable conjecture about the psychological effects of the threat of nuclear war. This study examined political, psychological, and educational variables based on previous clinical impressions; survey research and interview observations that might help explain students' levels of concern; and objective knowledge about nuclear war. Three developmental groups (early adolescents, late adolescents, young college students) were included. Subjects included eighth graders (N=195), high school seniors (N=136), and college juniors and seniors (N=186). Several measures were obtained for each respondent which attempted to tap salient political, educational, and psychological predictors of both knowledge and concern about nuclear war. It was proposed that influences on concern and knowledge about nuclear war might be broadly categorized as distal and static or proximal and dynamic. Since dynamic variables are by definition alterable, it was hoped that they would be found to make the largest contribution to students' concern and knowledge. The results partially supported this view. More educational opportunity through both formal and informal means played a role in increasing students' concern, as did a tendency to be interested in international affairs. The results suggest that there is a critical need for ample opportunities to study, reflect upon, and discuss the complex social realities of nuclear threat for junior high, high school, and college students. (ABL)
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